Recently, a man who was using a motor home to transport and sell cocaine and heroin “flipped” on his customers after he was caught by authorities transporting the drugs. While the drug dealer’s name was not revealed in an article at the Baltimore Sun, nine men were charged in the case after the dealer began working with law enforcement and setting up transactions with buyers.
A tipster allegedly alerted the FBI to a drug shipment that initiated in California and was on its way to Aberdeen in the motor home, which had Louisiana plates. The driver of the motor home was taken into custody after he arrived in the Baltimore area in early August of last year.
Five of the men had previously pleaded guilty in the case. On Friday, March 20, four of the men were convicted by a federal jury. Those found guilty include 35-year-old Ronald Sampson, 30-year-old Dominic Parker, 39-year-old Jermaine Cannady, and 29-year-old Cornell Brown. Brown and one of the men who had pleaded guilty, Tavon Hopkins, had more than $155,000 cash in a bag when they arrived to purchase four kilograms of cocaine from the informant, according to prosecutors.
Ronald Sampson was arrested with $10,500 cash, and agents also seized more than $215,000 from a Washington, D.C. man, Vincent Cooper, who worked in maintenance at an apartment complex. According to court records, Cooper stashed the money he would use to buy drugs in his work closet. The informant’s case is pending, however he described Jermaine Cannady as his “right-hand man.”
All of the men face substantial prison time, according to the news article. Each will be sentenced to a minimum of 10 years and possibly as much as life in prison for their crimes, which include conspiring to distribute and possession with intent to distribute heroin and/or cocaine, in addition to attempted possession with intent to distribute charges.
As mentioned, five of the men pleaded guilty before being brought to trial. In some cases, when there is little doubt the defendant will be convicted, pleading to lesser charges can result in reduced penalties. This is why it is important to work with an experienced attorney when charged with a drug crime.
In Michigan, the criminal penalties for distributing or selling drugs including heroin, cocaine, meth, marijuana, and other drugs are severe as well. If convicted, individuals may face not only lengthy prison sentences (up to life), but substantial fines, driver’s license suspension, and more. Some individuals may be eligible for diversion or delayed sentencing options. Before you decide there is no way out, consult with a skilled and aggressive Michigan drug crimes attorney. The fact is, it is possible in many cases to reach positive results.