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Alva Mae Groves

Sentenced to 24 years in prison at age 72 - Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Cocaine Base

"When I was arrested I had $1,000.00 in the bank from selling eggs and candy. Most of it was deposited in change - nickels, dimes and quarters - and the bankers substantiated this fact. I earned that money one egg at a time, one soda pop at a time, one candy bar at a time. It wasn't from selling drugs as the government contends." ,,, more


Irma Changtin

Sentenced to 12 years, 7 months

At trial I learned that my ex-boyfriend had been under investigation for drug trafficking for about four years. Facing a life sentence, he 'cooperated' with the government and was given 20 years. He 'turned in' six of us, among them his baby's mother, his brother, three others and myself. ... more

Nerika Jenkins

Sentenced to 19 Years, 6 Months - Crack Cocaine Conspiracy

Prior to September 1996 I was living a normal life, working for two health care agencies and attending Suffolk Community College in Brentwood, New York until one day, when DEA followed me to school, identified themselves and arrested me on the college grounds. .. more

James Phillips

34 Years in prison

In 1995 I was sentenced to 34 years for Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Sell, and Possession of a Firearm During and in Relation to a Drug Traffic Crime. I have no record of violence.

The 'War on Drugs' is not a war against drugs; it's a war against the people of the United States of America. ... more

Susana Cruz

14 Years - Conspiracy in relation to cocaine trafficking

I am 52 years old with four children and two grandchildren. I have lived in the United States for the past twenty-one years and have worked honorably, paying and filing my taxes year after year. Today I am serving a 14-year prison sentence at FCI Dublin, California. ... more



Mario Santana

Life in prison - Possession with Intent to Deliver Cocaine

On August 4, 1994 I had a trial before a judge and was found guilty of 'possession with intent to deliver over 650 grams of cocaine.' I was sentenced to life without parole. ... more


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