Former Fugitive Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison on Drug
JUN 23 -- GREENBELT, MD, June 23, 2009 - U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. sentenced Daron Keith Sapp, age 42, formerly of Carson, California, today to 10 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and Ava A. Cooper-Davis, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Washington Division.
According to his guilty plea, from late 1997 through February 2003, Daron Sapp and others mailed packages containing cocaine from California to Maryland. Co-conspirators in Maryland would then forward cash payments to Sapp in California. In September 2002, Sapp was given the address of an undercover DEA Post Office box and from September 23, 2002 to February, 2003, Sapp mailed packages containing cocaine to that Post Office box. Sapp admitted to distributing between five and 15 kilos of cocaine.
After pleading guilty to the drug conspiracy charges on April 3, 2003, Sapp was released pending his sentencing. A bench warrant was issued for his arrest in early 2004 and he was arrested in January, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.
“Mr. Sapp, who has evaded serving his sentence, will now spend many years in prison and his days as a dope dealer have ended." stated Cooper-Davis. “This just shows those who have broken our laws that it does not pay to try to avoid their punishments, through the cooperative efforts of all law enforcement, they will be brought to justice." added Cooper-Davis.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Drug Enforcement Administration for their investigative work and commended Assistant United States Attorney Gina Simms, who prosecuted the case.
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