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7 Sentenced in Del. Drug Trafficking Case Run From Inside Jail

Irene Hollis Irene Hollis
Aaron Hollis, Christopher Shweda, Robert Garrett Aaron Hollis, Christopher Shweda, Robert Garrett
Arturo Guerrero, Sara Breeding, Shannon Macey Arturo Guerrero, Sara Breeding, Shannon Macey
WILMINGTON, Del. - Seven people were sentenced Friday for drug trafficking, racketeering, and conspiracy in connection to a heroin distribution organization involving inmates in the Baylor Women's Correctional Institution, according to the Delaware Department of Justice.

Carl Kanefsky, Public Information Officer with the Delaware Department of Justice, says the leader of the heroin crime ring is 35-year-old Irene Hollis, of New Castle. Kanefsky says Hollis pled guilty to drug dealing, racketeering and conspiracy to commit racketeering, and was sentenced Friday to 25 years in prison.

Authorities say Hollis ran the organization while imprisoned at the Baylor Women's Correctional Institution. Prosecutors say while in prison on drug charges in 2012, Hollis made several phone calls to other members of her organization to discuss their drug dealing. They say she also made arrangements to smuggle oxycodone and heroin into the prison. Authorities say the calls were detected by the Department of Correction's Office of Internal Affairs.

Hollis was arrested again in June 2014 on drug and conspiracy charges, according to police.

In addition to Hollis, authorities say the other defendants sentenced Friday were:

-Aaron Hollis (Irene Hollis's brother), 29, of New Castle, to 10 years at Level 5

-Christopher Shweda, 35, of New Castle, was declared a Habitual Offender on Drug Dealing and sentenced to 6 years Level 5

-Robert Garrett, 29, of New Castle, to 2 ½ years at Level 5

-Arturo Guerrero, 22, of New Castle, to 18 months at Level 5

-Sara Breeding, 34, of Greenwood, to 15 months at Level 5

-Shannon Macey, 25, of New Castle, to 1 year at Level 3 probation.

Kanefsky says two additional defendants, Mallory Read, 28, of New Castle, and Chris Dougherty, 31, of New Castle, will be sentenced at a later date. Defendant Angel Ortiz, 30, of New Castle, previously pled guilty to racketeering, and is already serving a two year prison sentence. 
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