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Hagerstown man sentenced to 10 years in prison for cocaine distribution

February 10, 2011

BALTIMORE — A Hagerstown man was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison Thursday for distributing cocaine, U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said.

After serving the 10-year sentence, Jokari Lee Barnett, 32, will face five years of supervised release for aiding and abetting the possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, Rosenstein said in a news release.

 According to a guilty plea in U.S. District Court, Barnett obtained crack and powder cocaine from suppliers in 2008 and 2009 and sold the drugs to his own customers, some of whom then sold the drugs to others, Rosenstein said.

 In April and May of 2008, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Washington County Narcotics Task Force worked with a source to make controlled purchases of crack cocaine from associates of Barnett, Rosenstein said.  

 On May 16, 2008, the source contacted Barnett to see whether one of Barnett's associates would provide crack cocaine. Barnett made arrangements for the associate to bring more than 50 grams of crack cocaine to the source, Rosenstein said.  

 From September to October 2008, Barnett was overheard engaging in and planning drug transactions with other conspirators and making arrangements to obtain cocaine and crack cocaine from his own suppliers, Rosenstein said.

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