WACO (December 13, 2012)--Two men were sentenced Thursday in federal court after both earlier pleaded guilty to possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute the drug.
U.S. District Judge Walter S. Smith, Jr., sentenced Adrian Scott McLendon to serve 6 years in federal prison, to be followed by 3 years supervised release, and ordered him to pay a $1,000 fine and $100 in special assessment to the court.
Smith sentenced Marcus Rae Stephens to serve 66 months in federal prison, to be followed by 3 years supervised release, and ordered him to pay a $1,000 fine and $100 in special assessment to the court.
Court documents presented at the plea hearings showed McLendon and Stephens participated with others who federal officers say conspired to buy crack cocaine and bring it to Waco to sell it.
Court documents say McLendon, Stephens and Scotty Eugene Stephens, along with Roxie Stephens, beginning in January 2010 conspired to both possess and distribute significant amounts of crack cocaine in and around Waco.
A Waco police Drug Enforcement Unit officer began investigating the ring in the summer of 2009 using a confidential informant to make controlled buys of the drugs.
Between January 2010 and January 1012, police were able to buy about 129 grams of crack cocaine using the confidential informant.
When police served search warrants at several locations in Waco, they were able to recover several rocks of crack cocaine, scales used to measure the drugs and $3,575 in U.S. Currency believed to be the proceeds of the sale of drugs.