BUFFALO, N.Y.-( RELEASE) U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Quentin J. Leeper, 35, of Jamestown, N.Y., was sentenced to 135 months in prison and his cousin, Koran Leeper, 38, also of Jamestown, was sentenced to 72 months by Chief U.S. District Court Judge William M. Skretny. Both defendants were convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams of crack cocaine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas S. Duszkiewicz, who handled the case, stated that in 2008, the defendants were charged along with nine others in connection with a large scale cocaine distribution ring operating in Jamestown. During the investigation, authorities seized two vehicles belonging to Quentin Leeper, used to facilitate various drug distributions. Authorities also seized in excess of half a kilogram of cocaine and cocaine base, money, scales and drug packaging material.
One defendant, Quincy Turner, was murdered in the Town of Ellicott, NY, on May 30, 2008. Jose Martinez a/k/a “Noelle”, 42, Angel Luis Marcial a/k/a “Bate”, 39, Juan DeJesus Santiago a/k/a “Javi”, 28, Felix J. Vasquez a/k/a “Lolo”, 44, and Carlos A. Jorge Canales a/k/a “Nito”,41, have all been indicted on murder charges. The Indictment alleges that Turner was murdered to prevent him from communicating with law enforcement officers about information related to narcotics trafficking offenses committed by one of the co-defendants, as well as in retaliation for Turner’s providing information about narcotics trafficking.
The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
"The trafficking of illegal narcotics have no place on the streets of any community," said U.S. Attorney Hochul. My office will not stand by and watch neighborhoods crumble because of drug activity. We will continue to track down and prosecute any who attempt to engage in this sort of conduct in our communities."
The sentences were the culmination of an investigation on the part of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, under the direction of Lieutenant David Bentley, in cooperation with the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Resident Agent in Charge Dale Kasprzyk, and the Jamestown Police Department, under the direction of Chief Rex Rater, the Chautauqua County District Attorney's Office, under the direction of District Attorney David Foley, and the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office under the direction of Joseph Gerace.
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