Troy trio sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking

Published 6:45 pm Thursday, August 16, 2012

Three people from Troy were sentenced to time in federal prison Thursday after they plead guilty to conspiring to distribute cocaine in a multi-county area.

Eric Jerome Parker, 30, received a 210-month sentence; Christopher Darrin Alloway, 23, received 63 months; and Ronisha Rawshon Carter, 21, received 46 months. Jason Terrell Davenport, 21, also of Troy, was sentenced to 63 months for the same crime on July 5.

The local defendants, plus three others, pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute multiple kilograms of crack cocaine and cocaine powder. They admitted they worked for a drug organization operating in the Pike, Houston and Butler county areas and that the drugs were coming from Atlanta.

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Parker also pleaded guilty to laundering the drug organization’s proceeds.

The seven defendants received a combined sentence of 772 months in prison – a little more than 64 years.

“Drug dealers destroy people, families and communities, and by taking these seven drug dealers off the streets, we have made the streets a safer place,” said George L. Beck, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama.

Beck also issued a thanks to local law enforcement agencies, including the Troy Police Department, who collaborated during the investigation.

“This is an example of federal, state and local law enforcement working together to rid our streets of drugs and put those responsible for committing these crimes behind bars,” said Troy Police Chief Jimmy Ennis. “We appreciate the opportunity to work with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in this investigation.”

Those sentenced were indicted on drug trafficking charges by a federal grand jury in November 2011. Two other co-defendants have also pleaded guilty and are still awaiting sentencing. Cedrin Carter, 28, of Brundidge, was also indicted but found not guilty by a district court in Montgomery earlier this month. The jury cited a lack of evidence.