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Second Person Pleads Guilty In Crack Cocaine Syndicate

SOMERSET -- Issac Leon Sanders, 32, of Somerset pled guilty to engaging in organized crime as well as two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance at a hearing in Pulaski Circuit Court on Thursday, July 26, according to Commonwealth's Attorney Eddy F. Montgomery.

According to UNITE Prosecutor David L. Dalton, on February 21, 2006, a confidential witness with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office purchased 624 milligrams of crack cocaine for $100 from Sanders at a Somerset residence. On April 6, 2006, a confidential witness from Operation UNITE purchased 7.6 grams of crack cocaine from Sanders for $700.

Dalton stated that these two cases were utilized as part of a larger, multi-agency investigation into the distribution of crack cocaine in Pulaski County in 2005 and 2006. This investigation led to the February 2007 indictment of Sanders and his co-defendants -- Floyd Cowan Jr., James David Cook and Ameer Miller -- for engaging in organized crime.

Montgomery stated that the organized crime charge was a result of efforts of Operation UNITE's Prosecution Initiative. Dalton indicated that the organized crime indictment meant that Sanders was alleged to have collaborated with at least four other people to engage in the sale and distribution of crack cocaine.

Sanders was arrested by the U.S. Marshal's service (using information provided by the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office) in Lexington on February 28, 2007.

At a July 26, 2007, pretrial conference before Pulaski Circuit Judge David Tapp, Sanders entered a plea of guilty to both trafficking charges as well as the organized crime indictment. Dalton stated that he would recommend 10 years imprisonment for the trafficking charges and the organized crime indictment. Judge Tapp accepted the plea of guilty and set final sentencing for August 23, 2007.

Montgomery thanked the PCSO, KVE, Operation UNITE, the DEA, SPD, and the LCADTF for their efforts in all of these cases. Dalton noted that Floyd Cowan Jr. has previously pleaded guilty to his indictment. Ameer Miller has a pretrial conference set for September 7, 2007 and James David Cook has a pretrial conference set for August 16, 2007.

For more information about Operation UNITE visit their website at www.operationunite.org .

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In 2003, Fifth District Congressman Harold "Hal" Rogers (R-Somerset) worked to create Operation UNITE, a regional anti-drug initiative empowering citizens groups and community leaders in 29 southern and eastern Kentucky counties. UNITE, which stands for Unlawful Narcotics Investigations, Treatment & Education, seeks to fight the drug epidemic by expanding drug awareness and education programs to keep people from using drugs; coordinating drug treatment and outreach programs for those who are already addicted; and operating regional undercover law enforcement task forces for interdiction and prosecution of those dealing drugs. Rogers has directed $33.1 million in federal funds to the counter-drug initiative over the past four years. For more information contact Karen Engle toll-free at 1-866-678-6483.

Drug Tip Hotline - 1-866-424-4382 / Treatment Referral Hotline - 1-866-90-UNITE (1-866-908-6483)


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