By Alex Bridges -- firstname.lastname@example.org
A federal judge would not accept a guilty plea from a man accused of supplying crack cocaine for a Winchester-based drug ring, which operated in the area for nearly two years until January.
David Alan "D" Dock appeared in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg Wednesday and pleaded guilty to committing one count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance -- specifically 280 grams of more of crack cocaine -- sometime from August 2009 to present, according to online records.
U.S. Judge Michael F. Urbanski instead took Dock's plea under advisement, denied the defendant's release on bond and ordered him into federal custody, records show. Urbanski did accept a guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance entered by co-defendant Jamaal Alon Darling, of Winchester.
A statement of facts submitted by the prosecution in Dock's case and filed Tuesday indicates the defendant served as "the primary source of cocaine base and powder cocaine used in this conspiracy." From November 2009 through Jan. 11, 2012, Dock actively participated in a conspiracy to distribute and manufacture significant amounts of crack cocaine in Winchester and areas inside and outside the Western District of Virginia, according to the statement.
An indictment in federal court charges Wayne "Worm" Brown, Crystal Dawn Smith, Jason Matthew Whiting and Samuel Lee "Fat Sam" Fields Jr. with conspiracy to distribute drugs. The indictment also charges Brown with five counts of distribution of the drug on different dates between April 28, 2010 and June 6, 2010; while Fields is accused of dealing drugs on Nov. 21, 2011.
Smith recently pleaded guilty to conspiracy, a conviction of which calls for her to serve a mandatory minimum of 10 years but she also could face up to life in prison plus a $10 million fine. Dock, Darling, Fields and Whiting each pleaded guilty to similar distribution charges but the separate agreements they entered states the offense calls for them to serve a mandatory minimum of 20 years to life in prison.
Defendants conspired to distribute and distributed more than 5 kilograms of crack cocaine.
Dock traveled from Washington, D.C., to provide members of the conspiracy with powder and crack cocaine, according to the statement. Delivery trips occurred several times per week, almost daily, the statement notes. Dock stored the narcotics at Smith's home which she allowed and other locations in Winchester, according to prosecutors.
Dock and Brown took and distributed multiple kilograms of powder cocaine into Winchester from other states such as New Jersey, according to the statement. Dock, Smith and other members in the conspiracy cooked powder cocaine into crack and sold the drug in and outside Winchester.
"A significant portion of the narcotics in this conspiracy were distributed on 'the block,' a high-traffic drug sales area in the City of Winchester," the statement reads. "Fields, Darling and Whiting purchased significant amounts of cocaine base from Dock, then distributed those substances on 'the block.'"
Law enforcement agents conducted a controlled buy for drugs on April 28, 2010, during which Brown sold cocaine base to a confidential informant, according to the statement.
Brown also sold crack in Washington, D.C., according to the statement. Brown sold approximately 29 grams of crack to a confidential informant on June 16,2011 and 31 grams of the drug to an informant nearly two weeks later.
An affidavit filed in the court in early January by Thomas Hickey, a special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration, accuses Dock of participating in a scheme to sell crack from August 2009 until January 2012. Trafficking covered Winchester, Charles Town, W.Va.; as well as Prince George's County, Md., and Washington, D.C., the affidavit states. Dock also conspired to sell PCP and heroin in the Winchester area, according to the agent.
A group of individuals in the Winchester area joined Dock in selling crack and other narcotics, the affidavit states. Dock rented several homes in Winchester as sites for cooking, storing and distributing drugs, according to the affidavit. Dock also distributed crack from hotel rooms throughout Winchester, according to Hickey. Dock told conspirators to rent hotel rooms under their names and then reimbursed them for money spent, the affidavit indicates.