BALTIMORE- A federal judge on Friday sentenced a convicted drug dealer from Dorchester County to more than 11 years in prison.
Tyrone Wheatley, 44, of Rhodesdale, was given 135 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine.
The sentence was handed down by U.S. District Court Judge Ellen L. Hollander in Baltimore.
According to Wheatley's guilty plea, in July of 2011, Wheatley met with Steven Jordan at a shopping center in Queen Anne's County, Md., and agreed to supply cocaine to Jordan in Delaware. Court records show Wheatley obtained the cocaine from a source of supply in California and arranged for the cocaine to be hidden in a vehicle, was then hauled from California to in Delaware by a commercial car transporter. Court documents state that Jordan delivered $220,000 in cash to Wheatley in Delaware, who in turn transported the money through Maryland to Pennsylvania, where it was packaged in a vehicle and transported by commercial hauler to California.
Prosecutors said that on Aug. 6, 2011, a commercial car hauler delivered a green Monte Carlo with approximately 13 kilograms of cocaine hidden inside, to a shopping center in Delaware. After receiving instructions from Wheatley regarding the arrival of the car hauler, Jordan was arrested the next day as he attempted to take delivery of the vehicle containing the cocaine, court records show.
Jordan pleaded guilty to the same charge in U.S. District Court in Delaware and was sentenced to 12 years in prison.
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