Member of city drug ring pleads to 1 charge

Posted: April 27, 2013

The Winchester Star

Jason Whiting

HARRISONBURG — A member of a Winchester drug ring pleaded guilty this week to one count of conspiring to distribute crack cocaine.

From July 2008 to February 2012, Jason Whiting — along with David Alan Dock and city residents Jamaal Alon Darling, Wayne Brown, Crystal Dawn Smith and Samuel Fields — 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 a federal indictment filed in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg in August.

Whiting will be sentenced July 10 in Harrisonburg.

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

In March, Dock pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to distribute and manufacture 280 grams of cocaine. He will be sentenced in May.

Darling was earlier sentenced to 20 years, Brown to 11 years and Smith to more than six years.

— Contact Rebecca Layne atrlayne@winchesterstar.com