News Release
December 11, 2009
Contact: Casey McEnry
Number: 415-436-7994

Vallejo Crack Cocaine Dealer Sentenced to More Than 21 Years

DEC 11 -- SACRAMENTO, Calif. — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced today that MARCUS GIPSON, 39, of Vallejo, was sentenced today by United States District Judge William B. Shubb to 21 years and 10 months in federal prison, followed by 10 years on supervised release. GIPSON pleaded guilty to crack cocaine trafficking on September 14, 2009.

This case was the product of an extensive investigation by the Vallejo Police Department, the Oakland District Office of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the Solano County Multi-jurisdictional Methamphetamine Enforcement Team (MMET). In addition, the Solano County District Attorney’s Office provided important support and assistance.

According to Assistant United States Attorney Jason Hitt, who prosecuted the case, GIPSON admitted that on April 3, 2008, Vallejo Police detectives and DEA agents arrested GIPSON at Dan Foley Park in Vallejo in possession of approximately one pound of crack cocaine. They also seized over $1,200 of drug proceeds and, in GIPSON’s vehicle, they discovered a loaded 9mm pistol.

Judge Shubb cited GIPSON’s three prior felony drug trafficking convictions involving crack cocaine and said the severe sentence was sufficient but not greater than necessary to meet the goals of federal sentencing for serious drug trafficking crimes.

This case was part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). The OCDETF Program was established in 1982 to conduct comprehensive, multi-level attacks on major drug trafficking and money laundering organizations. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt, and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking and money laundering organizations and those primarily responsible for the nation’s drug supply.

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