Pubdate: Sat, 13 Feb 2010
Source: Albany Herald, The (GA)
Copyright: 2010 The Albany Herald Publishing Company, Inc.
Author: Pete Skiba, staff writer
Bookmark: (Cocaine)


A Federal Judge Sentences A Smithville Man To 25 Years In Prison
Without A Chance For Parole.

ALBANY -- A Smithville man caught a 25-year sentence to federal prison
without parole from a federal judge after pleading guilty to illegal
drug distribution Thursday, a U.S. Department of Justice press release

Russell Leon Jenkins, 37, was sentenced "as the result of a guilty
plea," said G.F. Peterman III, acting United States attorney for the
Middle District of Georgia.

The sentence imposed by Judge W. Louis Sands will run consecutively
with a sentence Jenkins is already serving in the custody of the
Georgia Department of Corrections.

No information on where Jenkins is incarcerated or how long his state
sentence will run was immediately available.

Jenkins was arrested by the Lee County Drug Force, said Lee County
Sheriff Reggie Rachals. The drug deputies executed a search warrant on
Jenkins' home at 157 Muckaloochee Street and found 90.1 grams of crack
cocaine and 8.2 grams of powder cocaine.

"Think of a pack of Sweet and Low as a gram so you can see how much
was there," Rachals said.

After the Lee County narcotics team recovered the drugs from Jenkins'
home, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency stepped in, Rachals said.

"I'm glad they did," he said. "(Jenkins) got serious time with the
federal charges."

Previously, Jenkins had been convicted in state court in Lee County of
selling cocaine in 1994 and 1998, a press release stated.

When Jenkins pleaded guilty this time, he forfeited a Ford F-250 crew
cab pickup and all the equipment he used in his landscaping business.

Rachals said he plans to convert the pickup into a mobile command
center, and county Public Works will put the landscaping equipment to
good use.

"I feel good about this sentence," Rachals said. "I hope it sends a
message. We will arrest drug dealers, and they will lose their
possessions and do serious time." 
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