There were cheers from the prison reform community when thousands of non-violent drug offenders were released last month. There was hope among the community when it was announced that the “War On Drugs” was going to be less heavy-handed (even though this is only being considered because of the heroin epidemic’s effect on White communities). It is important to understand that the criminal justice system is still not playing with that time when it comes to drug dealers of color. The latest to feel the brunt of the law is Devin Rodriguez, 25, Sumter County, SC.
In March, Rodriguez was arrested as the result of an undercover drug investigation carried out by the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. He was one of 16 people knocked during the countywide investigation that swept through the communities of Mayesville, Shiloh, Pinewood, Cherryvale, Rembert and Wedgefield. According to WBTW News 13, Rodriguez wasn’t even caught with serious weight:
Back in March, officers with the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, working with assistance from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, concluded a six-month operation into drug activity in Sumter County. During the investigation into Rodriguez’s activity, undercover officers seized approximately 13 grams of crack cocaine, with a street value of $2,600, and 44 grams of cocaine, with a street value $8,800.
Nevertheless, Rodriguez was sentenced to 16 years in jail on Monday evening at the Sumter County Judicial Center. He had pleaded guilty to three counts of trafficking cocaine and an additional count of trafficking crack cocaine. Rodriguez was also slapped with a fine of $1,050.
As stated before, the boys still are not playing around when it comes to locking folks up for hustling any amount of illegal drugs. Proceed accordingly.