LAREDO, TX – Four people have been handed sentences for their roles in a conspiracy to transport cocaine from Laredo, Texas, to Philadelphia, Pa., and Camden, N.J., Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Javier F. Peña and United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. Terril Monteiz Duckett, 34, of Philadelphia, Shomari E. Fussell, 31, of Camden, Andrew Ayran Alves, 31, and Aaron Jenkins, 37, both of Austin, previously entered pleas of guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge J. Scott Hacker to conspiring to possess five kilograms or more of cocaine with the intention of distribution.
Today, U.S. District Judge George P. Kazen handed Duckett a 240-month term of imprisonment to be followed by 10 years of supervised release. Alves, Fussell and Jenkins will serve 58, 125 and 135 months in federal prison, respectively, each to be followed by a five-year-term of supervised release.
All four admitted to conspiring to transport large quantities of cocaine from Laredo to Philadelphia and Camden, where it would be made into crack cocaine for distribution in those cities. Jenkins brokered deals for quantities ranging from four to 10 kilograms of cocaine, while Duckett was one of the buyers who agreed to distribute the cocaine in the Northeast. Alves and Fussell assisted Jenkins and Duckett in an effort to carry out these activities in their respective locations.
All have been in custody where they will remain pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
The case was initiated as a result of an 11-month investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney James Hepburn.