Man, 33, sentenced for cocaine distribution

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WPMT)-A 33-year-old man was sentenced to 25 years in prison for criminal conspiracy and distribution of crack cocaine and powder cocaine.

U.S. District Court Judge John E. Jones III sentenced Maurice Henderson, of New York and Harrisburg, in federal court Wednesday to 25  years and placed him on supervised release for 10 years after he completes his prison term, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Middle District office.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, Henderson was convicted of criminal conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms and more of cocaine hydrochloride and 280 grams or more of crack cocaine and distribution and possession with intent to distribute the same drugs.

The U.S. Attorney’s office said Henderson sold crack cocaine to an individual working with the Dauphin County Drug Task Force twice and also sold crack cocaine to an undercover police officer on two occasions. Witnesses testified that over a two-year period, Henderson and his co-conspirators made frequent trips from Harrisburg to a neighborhood in New York to purchase multiple kilogram quantities of cocaine hydrochloride, using rental cars and drivers to make the trips. Upon their return to Harrisburg, members U.S. Department of Justice of the conspiracy cooked the bulk of the cocaine hydrochloride into “crack” cocaine, weighed it, packaged it into smaller quantities and distributed to drug dealers in the Harrisburg area.

Four others involved in the case, Juval Green, 34, Robert Reynoso, 35, Derrice Sassaman, 39, and Annalyn Black, 26, all previously pleaded guilty to a drug trafficking conspiracy, Smith said. Prior to jury selection in Henderson’s case, the government filed a notice stating that because Henderson has at least two prior felony drug convictions, he is subject a mandatory 20 years’ imprisonment.
The investigation that led to Henderson’s arrest and conviction was part of a larger investigation targeting crack cocaine dealing in the 14th and Swatara Street area in Harrisburg.
The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Dauphin County Criminal Investigative Division, the Dauphin County Drug Task Force, Lower Paxton Township Police, Susquehanna Township Police, the U.S. Marshal’s Service, Pennsylvania State Police, and Harrisburg Police.