Cocaine ring role nets 20-year term

Posted: July 20, 2013

The Winchester Star

HARRISONBURG — A member of a Winchester-area cocaine ring has received a 20-year prison term.

Samuel Fields Jr. was sentenced on Wednesday in U.S. District Court after being found guilty of one count of conspiracy to distribute 280 grams or more of cocaine base, according to court documents.

He will serve his sentence at a federal correctional institution in Petersburg or Cumberland, Md.

He also must pay a $100 fine.

From July 2008 to February 2012, Fields — along with David Alan Dock and Winchester residents Jamaal Alon Darling, Jason Whiting, Wayne Brown and Crystal Dawn Smith — conspired to distribute and manufacture 280 grams or more of crack cocaine and to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin and 100 grams or more of PCP, according to court documents.

Dock was the main source of cocaine base and powder cocaine used in the conspiracy, court documents state. He regularly traveled to Winchester from Washington, D.C., and Maryland to supply shipments of the drug, which was distributed throughout the city.

Darling has received a 20-year sentence, Brown 11 years and Smith more than six years.

Dock and Whiting are awaiting sentencing.


— Contact Rebecca Layne