The government showed inklings of sentencing reform by releasing thousands of prisoners locked up on non-violent drug offenses. Apparently drug dealers still have plenty to worry about as far as catching extended stays in prison as far drug trafficking is concerned. Reports out of Junction City, KS indicate that a local man has been sentenced to life in prison for running a crack cocaine ring.
Albert Dwayne Banks, 33, is the crack trafficker who will be spending the rest of his natural life behind bars. He was convicted on numerous charges, including one count of conspiracy to distribute more than 280 grams of crack cocaine and multiple counts of distributing crack cocaine. Banks wasn’t exactly non-violent. He also stood trial in July 2013 for aggravated assault and felon in possession of a firearm for 2011 shootout, in which he was shot in the leg.
Martye Madabuti Madkins, III, 34, of Junction City, an associate of Banks’ was also sentenced to an extended stay in the feds. He will be sitting for 262 months (a little over 21 years) on two counts: distributing crack cocaine and distributing crack cocaine within 1000 feet of an elementary school.
Banks and Madkins were convicted in June in a jury trial in Kansas City. During trial, prosecutors presented evidence that in late 2012 and early 2013 agents of Kansas Bureau of Investigation and detectives from the Junction City Police Department investigated a large crack cocaine trafficking organization in Junction City and Manhattan. The organization was led by defendants Albert Banks and co-defendant Anthony Thompson, who acquired drugs from three different suppliers and sold the drugs to distributors who resold them on the streets. The evidence showed that Madkins was a close associate of Banks and Thompson and that he distributed crack cocaine for them.
Anthony Thompson will be sentenced on December 4. A total of 94 people were arrested after a 13 month investigation in led to raids in Junction City, Manhattan, Ogden and Grandview Plaza, KS, in 2013. According to WIBW, it was “the biggest drug bust in decades- possibly ever- in the Manhattan and Junction City area.”
The same report says that 18 children were displaced during this case, because both of their parents were arrested.