News Release
Contact: Casey McEnry
Number: 415-436-7994

Vallejo Crack Cocaine Dealer Sentenced to 15 Years

APR 20 -- SACRAMENTO, Calif. – United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner and Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Anthony D. Williams, announced today that William Strong, 34, of Vallejo, was sentenced today by United States District Judge John A. Mendez to 15 years in federal prison, followed by 5 years on supervised release for crack cocaine trafficking. He pleaded guilty on December 7, 2009.

This case was the product of an extensive investigation by the Vallejo Police Department and the Oakland Resident Office of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

This case was part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) effort. OCDETF was established in 1982 to conduct comprehensive, multilevel attacks on major drug trafficking and money laundering organizations. The principal mission of OCDETF 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.

According to Strong’s guilty plea, on February 12, 2009, Vallejo Police detectives served a search warrant at his home at 146 Wendy Street in Vallejo. Officers captured Mr. Strong as he jumped the fence in his backyard. In the home the officers found approximately 140 grams of crack cocaine. Strong was using his residence to convert powder cocaine into crack cocaine.

Judge Mendez said the sentence was sufficient but not greater than necessary to meet the goals of federal sentencing for serious drug trafficking crimes, and cited Strong’s lengthy criminal history as a factor warranting a severe sentence.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jason Hitt.

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