A federal judge sentenced Brian Sawyers, 57, for his conviction on two counts of distribution of cocaine base in the form of crack cocaine for selling the drug to a confidential informant working with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
The sentence was based in part on Sawyers’ three prior felony drug convictions, two of which were federal convictions, which meant he faced a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison.
“Crack cocaine remains a highly addictive drug that poses a danger to its users, and the trafficking of crack poses dangers to the community at large,” said U.S. Attorney Eileen M. Decker. “Removing this defendant from the street for the next 15 years increases the safety of the law-abiding residents of South Los Angeles.”
According to court documents, Sawyers sold over an ounce of crack cocaine and, later, approximately 2½ ounces of crack cocaine to an ATF confidential informant.
The first transaction took place on February 8, 2012 in the parking lot of B.D. Burgers, the restaurant that Sawyers owned in South Los Angeles. On March 1, 2012, there was a second operation in which the informant met Sawyers at the burger stand, and they went to Sawyers’ home, where they completed the transaction.
“ATF aggressively investigates circumvention of the procedures designed to prevent illegal trafficking of firearms and explosives,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge Eric D. Harden. “We are committed to safe neighborhoods. This lengthy sentence reinforces that commitment and acts as a deterrent to any person contemplating the same conduct.”
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