Man gets 12 years in heroin case

By Terrapinzflyer · Sep 15, 2009 · Updated Sep 15, 2009 · ·
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    Man gets 12 years in heroin case

    The last of 11 defendants in three linked federal heroin distribution cases was sentenced Monday to more than 12 years in prison -- but with the hope that it might be reduced.

    Alvin Lewis "Chief" Macauley, who pleaded guilty of conspiring to distribute heroin and carrying a firearm while engaged in drug trafficking, was sentenced to 12 years and three months, fined $1,000 and ordered to submit to supervision by the federal probation office for five years after release.

    Assistant U.S. Attorney Don Wolthuis said after Macauley's hearing that a motion of substantial assistance filed by the government was withdrawn pending resolution of heroin possession and gun charges that Macauley faces in New Jersey.

    A substantial assistance motion recognizes a defendant's assistance to investigators and lets a judge waive mandatory minimum sentences. Once the New Jersey case is finished, the substantial assistance motion may refiled and Macauley's sentence reconsidered, Wolthuis said.

    -- Mike Gangloff


    so the man sang like a canary- wonder what his mates got? And I wonder if the cops will double cross him- put him in the same prison as his "friends"

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    Man gets 27 years in heroin case
    Robert Dwayne Early had been convicted in May of distributing heroin in Roanoke.

    The long shadow of Robert Dwayne "Dollar Rob" Early's criminal past hung over him Thursday as he awaited sentencing in federal court in Roanoke.

    Convicted in May of conspiring to distribute heroin, attempting to possess heroin and two counts of distributing it, Early, 39, was up against federal sentencing guidelines that called for a minimum 30-year sentence. That was due to a career criminal designation earned with a history of convictions.

    Without the designation, he would probably face a recommended minimum of 15 years, said his attorney, Melvin Hill of Roanoke.

    Early was one of three men described as significant heroin dealers in three linked federal cases. The other two, Clifton Dwight "Lite" Lee and Alvin Lewis "Chief" Macauley, had pleaded guilty. Lee testified against Early and drew a sentence of 11 years. Macauley has yet to be sentenced.

    U.S. District Court Judge Glen Conrad had delayed Early's sentencing so attorneys could file arguments about the career criminal designation.

    At issue was a long-ago conviction for possessing crack cocaine with intent to distribute it. At age 17, Early had been caught in New Jersey with 70 vials of crack. Now his career criminal designation hinged on how that conviction was viewed.

    If it was determined to be an adult conviction, the designation would stand.

    Assistant U.S. Attorney Don Wolthuis argued that since New Jersey had tried Early as an adult, it should count as an adult case.

    Hill countered that since Early had been sent to a youthful offender facility rather than to an adult prison, the episode should be considered a juvenile offense and not a factor in the career designation.

    Conrad said Early's record since the New Jersey conviction, while serious, was still less extensive than that of many defendants designated as career criminals.

    Wolthuis replied that since Early's teen years, the only breaks in his drug dealing had come when he was imprisoned.

    "I think he's done the best he can at compiling as many convictions in his short periods of liberty as is humanly possible," Wolthuis said.

    Hill, who had argued at Early's trial that his client was too poor to be a big-time dealer, said Early's own drug addiction, his age during his first offenses, and the lesser sentences given to other defendants in related cases should be weighed as the judge considered what to do.

    Conrad eventually said Early would be sentenced as a career criminal, but that he would give him a slight break.

    The judge imposed a 27-year sentence, adding eight years of supervision by the federal probation office after Early's release. He fined Early $1,000.

    "You were the head of a group of people who distributed a vast amount of heroin in the Roanoke Valley," Conrad said. "Without a substantial sentence, it's not going to make people think the law is operating as it should."

    Conrad said Early's adult choices had been as poor as those made during his teen years.

    "You've done nothing but spread evil and highly addictive drugs," he said.

    Asked if he had anything to say before being sentenced, Early said his life had revolved around his drug addiction and he didn't understand why he was being portrayed as a major criminal.

    "I never conspired with no one. I got high with people," Early said. "I'm guilty of getting high."

    By Mike Gangloff


    one of the partners of the guy in the first story. This guy didn't roll and got over twice the sentence
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    Heroin dealer will serve 11 years in prison
    Clifton Lee, a major player, avoided a sentence that could have exceeded 50 years.

    A man who admitted to funneling heroin from Philadelphia and New Jersey into Roanoke will spend 11 years in prison as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.

    Clifton Dwight "Lite" Lee, 32, pleaded guilty in April to conspiracy to distribute heroin and to possessing a gun in connection with drug trafficking. By making that plea, Lee, who had faced 38 charges connected to drug dealing, avoided a sentence that could have exceeded 50 years.

    Lee is a principal figure in recent federal probes of heroin trafficking in and around Roanoke. He acknowledged during previous court proceedings that between 2006 and 2008, three drug organizations imported and sold thousands of bags of heroin a week.

    Friday in U.S. District Court in Roanoke, Judge Glen Conrad sentenced Lee to 72 months for the drug charge and 60 months for the gun violation, followed by eight years of supervised release. Conrad also fined Lee $1,200.

    Lee's plea agreement established a 15-year sentence, with time possibly reduced for significant assistance to prosecutors. Other defendants in related cases have also struck similar deals.

    At the sentencing hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Don Wolthuis and defense attorney Paul Beers debated the effect that Lee's cooperation would have on his sentence.

    "My assessment was that Mr. Lee was very guarded about his own involvement but was very forthcoming about others," Wolthuis said in his remarks to the court. "Once he made peace with the government, he became much more open."

    Although he admitted that Lee had provided names that were not familiar to prosecutors, Wolthuis described Lee's information as "not critical" and said it was not the sole testimony the government relied upon. He recommended Lee be sentenced to 144 months, or 12 years.

    "Mr. Lee has provided hours of intelligence to the government," Beers argued. He asked for a sentence no longer than 90 months.

    But citing heroin addiction's power to "make people do things they wouldn't normally do," and Lee's role in helping to spread that addiction, Conrad said he believed a sentence in excess of a decade would be both appropriate and "therapeutic."

    "You've shown you just can't live with society's rules," he said to Lee. "You need to be put away for a while."

    He also repeatedly advised Lee to consider his sentence a chance to change his ways.

    "Learn something. Don't let this time be wasted," Conrad urged. "Use this opportunity to free your life of drugs."

    Clad in green-on-green striped prison coveralls, Lee was given a moment to hug his aunt, uncle and fiancee before he was taken away.

    The final defendant in the heroin probes, Robert Dwayne "Dollar Rob" Early, was found guilty in May of four drug charges. Early is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 13.

    By Neil Harvey


    the third player in this story- and the second rat
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