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Posted June 21, 2012 | comments Leave a comment

Four defendants in drug ring plead guilty

By Joe Beck -- jbeck@nvdaily.com

Four of the six defendants accused of selling drugs throughout and beyond the Winchester area have agreed to plead guilty in U.S. District Court over the last two weeks.

Samuel Lee "Fat Slim" Fields Jr. became the latest defendant to enter a plea agreement Thursday, according to online court records. The agreement calls for Fields to plead guilty to one count of "intentionally conspiring with others" to distribute and manufacture 280 grams or more of crack cocaine in exchange for the federal government dropping a charge of possession with intent to deliver crack.

Fields was 18 and living in Winchester at the time he was indicted on Feb. 2.

Three other defendants in the case have entered similar pleas since June 15. They are Crystal Dawn Smith, David Alan Dock, 37, of District Heights Md. and Jamaal Darling, 23, of Winchester. Smith was 29 and living in Winchester when she was indicted, also on Feb. 2.

Dock's plea agreement calls for him to receive a specific sentence of 30 years in prison. The plea agreements for the other defendants specify no sentence other than whatever the judge imposes subject to minimum and maximum penalties spelled out in sentencing guidelines.

Dock is scheduled to formally enter his plea Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Michael Urbanski. Darling's plea hearing is also scheduled for Wednesday before Urbanski. Smith's plea hearing is set for July 9 before Urbanski.

An affidavit filed in early January by Thomas Hickey, a special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration, accuses Dock of participating in a conspiracy to sell crack from August 2009 until January 2012. The conspiracy's drug trafficking encompassed Winchester, Charles Town, W.Va.; Prince Georges County, Md. and Washington, D.C. according to the affidavit.

The affidavit also states that Dock was conspiring to sell PCP and heroin around Winchester.

The affidavit refers to "a group of individuals" in the Winchester area who joined Dock in selling crack and other drugs. Dock used several Winchester homes he rented as sites for cooking, storing and distributing drugs, according to Hickey's affidavit.

Dock also "distributed crack cocaine from hotel rooms in various hotels throughout Winchester," the affidavit states. "In these circumstances Dock instructed conspirators to acquire hotel rooms under their names, and then Dock reimbursed his conspirators for money they had spent on the rooms."

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