Drug dealer gets life sentence

CRIME WATCH

Baltimore & Region

December 01, 2005

An East Baltimore drug dealer was sentenced yesterday to life in prison plus five years for drug trafficking and other charges while working as the leader of a drug gang known as "Jigga," according to the U.S. attorney's office.

Darrell Alston, 42, was convicted Sept. 23 in federal court of conspiracy to distribute and possess heroin and crack cocaine, as well as possession of a firearm and two counts of witness intimidation, federal prosecutors said.

The witness-intimidation charges related to an attempt by Alston to bribe and intimidate two witnesses to keep them from assisting an investigation into the Jigga organization.

On Tuesday, Anthony Chandler, 27, a co-defendant, was sentenced to 24 years in prison for activities related to the gang.

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