BALTIMORE - Shawn Green, age 43, of Columbia, Md., was sentenced to 151 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiring to distribute 330 pounds of cocaine, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and other federal and local officials.
Green was also ordered to forfeit more than $914,000 in cash, property purchased in the mortgage fraud scheme, three luxury vehicles, a pickup truck, four bank accounts and an investment account.
"Those who profit from trafficking drugs in our communities are a scourge to our society," said ICE Special Agent in Charge of Baltimore William Winter. "ICE is committed to working with our law enforcement partners to identify, arrest and bring to justice those involved in these criminal organizations."
"We are going after drug dealers and the friends and relatives who help them hide criminal profits," U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. "Our goal is to intercept their drugs, seize their cash and forfeit their houses, cars, jewelry and other assets."
"The IRS-Criminal Investigation plays a unique role in federal law enforcement's counter-drug effort in that we target the profit and financial gains of narcotics traffickers," Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge C. Andre' Martin. "IRS-Criminal Investigation is committed to fighting the war on drugs along with our fellow federal, state and local law enforcement agencies."
According to Green's plea agreement, at least five individuals identified Green as a significant cocaine dealer who conspired to distribute cocaine in the Baltimore/Washington area. Green distributed cocaine from at least 1998 through March 2007.
In February 2006, federal investigators saw Green meet with two conspirators at a restaurant parking lot in College Park, Md. Investigators seized approximately $600,000, which Green used for drug trafficking. Agents also recovered an additional $267,000 in drug money from one of Green's co-conspirators. A subsequent search at another conspirator's residence recovered approximately $34,000 more in cash and drug tally sheets indicating Green purchased more than 110 pounds of cocaine.
In addition, Green worked with his mother Yolanda Crawley, David Lincoln and Rachel Donegan to prepare fraudulent mortgage applications containing false representations about the income and employment of Crawley and Green. The fraud scheme allowed Crawley to secure loans on behalf of Green for property in Wellington, Fla. then-valued at approximately $1,025,000; West Palm Beach, Fla. then-valued at approximately $500,000; and Columbia, Md. then-valued at approximately $316,000. The fraud scheme also allowed Green to secure loans for property in Baltimore then-valued at approximately $300,000.
Upon the arrest of his mother, Green fled and was a fugitive until his arrest on Dec. 14, 2008, in Philadelphia, Pa.
Crawley, age 60, of West Palm Beach, Fla., was sentenced on April 25, 2008, to two years in prison for wire fraud arising from the mortgage fraud scheme, and was ordered to pay restitution of $200,000. Lincoln, age 39, and Donegan, age 40, both of Baltimore, pleaded guilty to the same charge and were sentenced to 15 months in prison and 18 months probation, respectively.
This investigation was conducted by ICE, IRS-Criminal Investigation, the Baltimore and Howard County police departments.
ICE is designated as the primary U.S. law enforcement agency to investigate narcotics smuggling organizations and the methods utilized to smuggle contraband across U.S. borders. The methods used by smuggling organizations is ever changing and through continued training, the use of emerging technologies and dedication, ICE has maintained its expertise in disrupting and dismantling these criminal organizations.