Drug Ring Member Gets 8-year Term

February 26, 1991|By Jay Apperson | Jay Apperson,Staff writer

An Annapolis man was sentenced to eight years in prison with no parole yesterday for his role in a coast-to-coast drug ring linked to a November 1988 drug bust at Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

James Forrester, 21, of the 600 block of Green Briar Lane was sentenced to 97 months in prison for his role in a Los Angeles-to-Annapolis drug ring headed locally by Troy Donyel Stansbury, said Harvey E. Eisenberg, an assistant U.S. Attorney who heads the federal regional drug task force. Forrester, also known as "Pooh Wallace," had pleaded guilty to one count of possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, Eisenberg said.

Forrester admitted possessing 3 kilograms of cocaine with the intent to distribute in late September and early October 1989, Eisenbergsaid. The Annapolis man had been indicted on drug charges along withRodney Albert Hairston, a Californian who is to be sentenced to nineyears in prison in federal court in Los Angeles under a plea agreement, Eisenberg said.

Prosecutors have said the men were part of a ring that sold nearly 90 pounds of cocaine in less than three years. Authorities seized more than 5 kilograms of cocaine from teen-age couriers during the arrests at BWI, one of the largest in county history.

Sixteen co-defendants who pleaded guilty to crimes linked to the ring's activities were sentenced to a total of 130 years in prison during hearings last summer in federal court. Stansbury, then 19, received 18 years in prison, and Tracy Tilghman Brown, then 27, described as the Los Angeles-based kingpin of the organization, was sentenced to 20 years.

Forrester, who was released after his arrest under thesupervision of federal officials, will report to prison in June, Eisenberg said. After serving the 97-month, no-parole sentence, Forrester will be on supervised release for four years, the prosecutor said.

The investigation into the drug ring is continuing, Eisenberg said. "The book's not closed on it and won't be for some time." The prosecutor would not elaborate further.

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