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Two men sentenced in crack, heroin conspiracy

Mar. 26, 2013 @ 11:01 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Two men from Columbus, Ohio, have been ordered to spend more than a decade in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge Robert C. Chambers handed down the punishments Monday against Jermaine D. Dickerson, 36, and Kevin Luthor Robinson, 44.

Dickerson received the longer prison term, 15 years and nine months. Robinson received the combination of a $5,000 fine with 11 years and three months in prison.

Following two days of trial this past December, Robinson, Dickerson and a co-defendant pleaded guilty to having conspired with others to distribute a quantity of heroin and at least 28 grams of crack cocaine.

The duo's participation in the conspiracy lasted from fall 2010 to July 2011 in and around the Huntington area, according to court documents.

Both men admitted making frequent trips to Columbus, where they would purchase drugs and bring them back to Huntington, according to a December press release issued by the U.S. Attorney's Office. It further states the men worked with multiple co-conspirators and used several local residences to store, prepare, package and sell the drugs.

Those prosecuting the case secured the defendants' guilty pleas by agreeing to reduce charges in the case. For instance, the weight of crack cocaine dropped from 280 grams to at least 28 grams. Other dismissals included counts of aiding and abetting, distribution and possession with intent.

Landlord admits to pain pill distribution

Jerry A. Lowe pleaded guilty to distribution of the painkiller oxycodone. Sentencing is set for June 24.

Lowe, 46, of Huntington, signed an agreement with prosecutors stating he sold three oxycodone pills to a confidential informant March 16, 2012, at his residence in Huntington's first block of 26th Street. He received $90 for the pills, along with $210 to satisfy a previous drug debt.

The plea agreement further outlined Lowe's role as a former landlord who accepted heroin and pills to satisfy the tenant's $600 monthly rent. It also detailed his involvement in other drug activity, but federal prosecutors agreed to dismiss a conspiracy charge in exchange for Lowe's guilty plea.

The dismissed count had alleged Lowe participated in the conspiracy from at least 2008 to January 2011.

Man sentenced in crack case

Jason Stewart Johnson received a six-year, six-month prison sentence following an earlier guilty plea to possessing with an intent to distribute crack cocaine.

Johnson, 28, had signed an agreement with federal prosecutors stating his plea stems from an Oct. 15, 2010, arrest in Huntington. That's when police stopped his vehicle near 27th Street and Highlawn Avenue in Huntington.

Investigators found 18.2 grams of crack cocaine hidden inside the purse of Johnson's mother. He admitted to owning it with an intent to sell, the agreement states.

A defense memorandum described Johnson as the child of an alcoholic mother and incarcerated father. He started abusing drugs at an early age, did not graduate from high school and only held sporadic employment.

The plea agreement also linked Johnson to at least 262.37 grams of crack cocaine, however he was not charged in relation to that activity.

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