Northeast Times

Two are convicted for their roles in drug-dealing ring

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A fed­er­al jury last week con­victed two mem­bers of the so-called Frank­ford Drug Traf­fick­ing As­so­ci­ates of drug deal­ing, money laun­der­ing and con­spir­acy for their roles in a co­caine and crack dis­tri­bu­tion ring that op­er­ated for more than two dec­ades.

Jac­quel Crews, 41, and Mark Miller, 44, were ar­res­ted in 2010 with four oth­ers. The U.S. At­tor­ney’s Of­fice, in a prin­ted state­ment, said that both men are from Phil­adelphia. Pub­lished re­ports iden­ti­fied Crews as a Sick­lerville, N.J., res­id­ent and Miller as a North­east Phil­adelphia res­id­ent.

The U.S. At­tor­ney’s Of­fice did not name their co-de­fend­ants, who pleaded guilty to vari­ous charges last year and await sen­ten­cing.

From 1986 to Novem­ber 2007, Crews and Miller par­ti­cip­ated in a con­spir­acy to dis­trib­ute hun­dreds of kilo­grams of co­caine and hun­dreds of grams of co­caine base, also known as crack, in Frank­ford, the U.S. At­tor­ney’s Of­fice said.

The jury tri­al las­ted 10 days. Evid­ence showed that the de­fend­ants car­ried cash to co­caine sup­pli­ers in Cali­for­nia by fly­ing to Los Angeles and Las Ve­gas. In turn, the sup­pli­ers shipped co­caine to ad­dresses in Frank­ford des­ig­nated by Crews and Miller.

Fur­ther, the de­fend­ants laundered “hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars in drug pro­ceeds by spend­ing lav­ishly on 76ers sea­son tick­ets, a Mer­cedes, furs, a $30,000 home ste­reo sys­tem and through the pur­chase and re­fin­ance of nu­mer­ous homes in the Frank­ford area,” the U.S. At­tor­ney’s Of­fice said.

Both de­fend­ants are sched­uled for a June 21 sen­ten­cing hear­ing be­fore U.S. Dis­trict Judge John R. Padova. Crews faces a man­dat­ory min­im­um 20 years in pris­on and a pos­sible life sen­tence. Miller faces a man­dat­ory min­im­um 10 years to life. ••

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