News Release
December 19, 2008
Contact: Joanna Zoltay
Number: 312-886-2597

Evansville Crack Dealer Sentenced to Life

DEC 19 -- (Evansville, IN) David Neighbors, 27, Evansville, Indiana was sentenced yesterday to life imprisonment by U.S. District Judge Richard L. Young following Neighbors’ conviction at trial for conspiracy to distribute cocaine base and related offenses. Cocaine base is known as the street drug “crack.” LaFrederick Taylor, 32, Evansville, was also sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for his role in the drug conspiracy.

The case was the result of a five months long joint investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, U.S. Marshal’s Service and Evansville/Vanderburgh County Drug Task Force. The investigation revealed that Neighbors was the leader of a crack cocaine trafficking organization that distributed approximately four kilograms of crack cocaine from May 2007 through August 29, 2007. Neighbors primarily distributed the crack cocaine from a residence located on Jackson Street in Evansville. Taylor was identified as an upper-level distributor for the organization.

“While it is unfortunate that such a young man will spend the rest of his life in prison, Mr. Neighbors’ sentencing frees the community from a life of devastation that can be caused by the distribution and use of crack cocaine,” stated Gary G. Olenkiewicz, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA’s Chicago Field Division which covers Indiana. “The DEA is grateful to our federal, state and local counterparts who played an important role in this investigation.”

ccording to Assistant U.S. Attorney Bradley A. Blackington, who prosecuted the case for the government, Judge Young also imposed 10 years supervised release following Taylor’s release from imprisonment. During the period of supervised release, Taylor will be subjected to random urinalysis and random searches of her person, vehicle, and residence.