Trio Get Federal Prison Sentences On Chattanooga Cocaine Conspiracy

Monday, June 23, 2014

Three people involved in a cocaine ring were handed federal prison sentences on Monday morning.

The three got the benefit of new reduced prison terms that are set to go into effect in November. However, Judge Sandy Mattice is going ahead and allowing the "two-level" reductions.

Eric Crockett got 70 months, Brandon Harris 60 months and Jackie Sawyer 37 months.

Police said those in the ring would pool their money and buy $36,000 kilos of cocaine from a supplier in Atlanta.

Agents were able to record phone calls of many of the people involved.

They said they did not get Sawyer on the calls, but found a large amount of cocaine at his home on Talledega Avenue hidden in ceramic pots.

Sawyer sped away when officers confronted him, but he was later apprehended.

Crockett sent a letter to Judge Mattice calling himself a hypocrite, saying he had often preached those he coached not to get involved in drugs. He called himself a "model citizen" who made a big mistake.

 


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