Columbia man, 43, pleads guilty to dealing cocaine

Shawn Green faces 10 years to life at sentencing in Feb.

December 12, 2009|By Tricia Bishop | tricia.bishop@baltsun.com

A 43-year-old Columbia man pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to dealing cocaine - more than 330 pounds of it, according to his plea agreement, which also claims he was involved in a mortgage fraud scheme with his mother.

Shawn "Big Head" Green now faces a minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life at his February sentencing, and he has already agreed to forfeit $914,000, property and three luxury vehicles.

At least five sources identified Green as a "significant cocaine dealer" in the Baltimore-Washington area between 1998 and mid-2007, according to court records. Federal investigators saw him meeting with conspirators in an IHOP parking lot in College Park, and seized hundreds of thousands of dollars in drug money, along with more than 100 pounds of cocaine from him and his accomplices.

Green admitted that as part of the conspiracy, he's distributed more than 330 pounds of cocaine.

He also conspired with three others, including his mother, to prepare phony mortgage applications, allowing Green to secure loans for four properties, two in Florida and two in Maryland, valued at more than $2 million.

In April 2008, Green's mother, Yolanda Crawley, 60, of West Palm Beach, Fla., was sentenced in federal court to two years in prison for the mortgage fraud scheme. Green was in hiding until his arrest a year ago, said the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office, which worked with the IRS, the Howard County Police Department and Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Baltimore to prosecute the case.

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