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10 sentenced to long prison terms for River Region drug trafficking operation

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Ten people have been sentenced for their participation in a drug trafficking organization operating in Autauga, Elmore and Montgomery Counties, announced George L. Beck, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama. United States District Judge Keith Watkins sentenced the ten people after they were either convicted following a 2 ½ week trial in February 2013, or plea of guilty.

Evidence in the case showed that this drug trafficking organization was very sophisticated and sold many kilograms of powder cocaine. This large drug organization started with two smaller drug trafficking organizations that joined forces to saturate Autauga, Elmore and Montgomery counties with cocaine.

According to the evidence, Mr. Willie Jerome Davis had at least $500,000 of illicit assets, including real and personal property. After establishing that Davis had very limited legitimate income, the jury was allowed to infer that his "wealth" came from illicit activity – drug trafficking.

The sentences for the ten are:

  • Delmond Lemar Bledson, a.k.a "Two Face", age 38 of Deatsville, Alabama was sentenced to 188 months imprisonment.  Bledson was convicted of conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute cocaine hydrochloride in violation of Title 21 United States Code, Sections 841 and 846;

  • Willie Jerome Davis, a.k.a "Moby" age 52 of Elmore, Alabama was sentenced to life imprisonment.  Davis was convicted of conspiring to distribute cocaine hydrochloride, use of a communication facility to further the cocaine conspiracy and money laundering in violation of Title 21 United States Code, Sections 841, 846, 843(b) and Title 18 United     States Code, Section 1956(a)(1)(B)(ii); 

  • Eulanda Lashade Trimble, a.k.a "Yo Yo" age 33 of Montgomery, Alabama was sentenced   to 15 months imprisonment.  Trimble was convicted of conspiring to distribute cocaine hydrochloride and use of a communication facility to further the cocaine conspiracy in   violation of Title 21 United States Code, Sections 841, 846 and 843(b);
     
  • Willie James Walker, a.k.a "Nicodemus", age 60 of Montgomery, Alabama was sentenced to was sentenced to 72 months imprisonment.  Walker was convicted of conspiring to distribute cocaine hydrochloride in violation of Title 21 United States Code, Sections 841    and 846; 
     
  • Clifton Pettus, a.k.a "Biscuit" age 33 of Montgomery, Alabama was sentenced to 188 months imprisonment.  Pettus was convicted of conspiring to distribute cocaine hydrochloride and use of a communication facility to further the cocaine conspiracy in violation Title 21 United States Code, Sections 841, 846 and 843(b);  

  • Robert Marshall, a.k.a "Big Daddy" age 39 of Montgomery, Alabama was sentenced to 300 months imprisonment. Marshall was convicted of conspiring to distribute cocaine hydrochloride and use of a communication facility to further the cocaine conspiracy in violation Title 21 United States Code, Sections 841, 846 and 843(b);
     
  • Tony Gardner, a.k.a "Rock" age 41 of Millbrook, Alabama was sentenced to 78 months     imprisonment.  Gardner was convicted of conspiring to distribute cocaine hydrochloride    in violation of Title 21 United States Code, Sections 841 and 846;   

  • William James Reese, age 38 of Deatsville, Alabama was sentenced to 360 months imprisonment.  William Reese was convicted of conspiring to distribute cocaine hydrochloride and use of a communication facility to further the cocaine conspiracy in   violation Title 21 United States Code, Sections 841, 846 and 843(b);  

  • Eric Orlando Reese, age 38 of Montgomery, Alabama was sentenced to 240 months   imprisonment.  Eric Reese was convicted of conspiring to distribute cocaine hydrochloride and use of a communication facility to further the cocaine conspiracy in violation Title 21 United States Code, Sections 841, 846 and 843(b);  

  • Ger Derrick Moncrief, age 39 of Montgomery, Alabama was sentenced to 108 months imprisonment.  Moncrief was convicted of conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute cocaine hydrochloride in violation of Title 21 United States Code, Sections 841 and 846;

"These long sentences should send a message: If you sell drugs in the Middle District of Alabama, you will go to jail and you will go to jail for a long time," stated U.S. Attorney George L. Beck, Jr. "With the sentencing of these defendants, our community is a safer place to live."

"The impact of this investigation, the lengthy prison sentences imposed and the collaborative efforts of our law enforcement colleagues should send a clear message that drug trafficking will not be tolerated in our communities, stated Clay Morris, DEA Resident Agent in Charge.  "The combined efforts of law enforcement have removed a well-established drug trafficking organization from our neighborhoods and has made our communities a safer place for our children."

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration in Montgomery, with the assistance from DEA Atlanta, DEA New York, Montgomery HIDTA Task Force, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Marshal Service, Central Alabama Drug Task Force, Office of the Attorney General, Elmore County Sherriff's Office, Wetumpka Police Department, Montgomery Police Department, Millbrook Police Department, Montgomery County Sherriff's Office, Prattville Police Department, Autauga County Sherriff's Office, Alabama State Troopers, Alabama Beverage Control, Alabama Bureau of Investigation, Chilton County Sherriff's Office, and the Alabama National Guard.

INFORMATION SOURCE: Dept. of Justice

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