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Crack dealer gets 20-year prison sentence

Desean Gardner, 33, of East Palo Alto sentenced Oct. 5

The leader of a Bay Area crack cocaine ring has been sentenced in federal court in Oakland to nearly 20 years in prison.

Desean Gardner, 33, of East Palo Alto, was sentenced Wednesday (Oct. 5) by U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken to 19 years and seven months in prison.

Gardner pleaded guilty in March to one count of conspiring to manufacture and sell crack cocaine. He admitted in a plea agreement to distributing more than 5 kilograms of the drug between March 2008 and the time of his arrest in March 2009, and to being the "organizer and leader" of the operation.

Prosecutors said in court papers that the cocaine sales spanned the cities of East Palo Alto, San Jose, Hayward, Oakland and Stockton. Gardner bought powder cocaine and cooked it into crack cocaine for sale in quantities ranging from one-eighth of an ounce for $75 to one ounce for $600, according to his plea agreement.

The drug ring was dismantled as a result of court-approved wiretaps on two mobile phones Gardner used to conduct the cocaine sales, prosecutors said. Gardner's lawyer, Assistant Federal Public Defender Jerome Matthews, said in a sentencing brief that Gardner had an abusive childhood, having been born to a crack-addicted mother who was pimped as a prostitute by his father.

Gardner has been in custody since his arrest and will begin serving his sentence immediately.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by JustMe
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 6, 2011 at 11:20 pm

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The only thing that worries me is that, as a non-violent offender, he might be eligable for early release. Considering the damage these guys to to people, families, and society in general, in terms of destroyed or severely hindered lives, I see little reason to let this guy see the outside of a jail ever again.

Some might consider me harsh, but I have little compassion for people who live by destroying lives. Let him rot in jail.


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Posted by iSez
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Oct 6, 2011 at 11:59 pm

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"Gardner had an abusive childhood, having been born to a crack-addicted mother who was pimped as a prostitute by his father."

What kind of chance at a normal life did he have? Irresponsible parents and now we have to pay for it.


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Posted by Jeffm@echelon.com
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 7, 2011 at 8:41 am

I agree iSez, but my sympathy for him ends when he takes steps to inflict the same harm to other children and propogate the misery. If you want to sell crack to my kids, my view is that you have forfit your right to existance.

I see these people as being like werewolves. Once bitten and infected, their life becomes all about self-preservation by biting and infecting others. You can have some sympathy for the circumstances that placed them there, but you must also take steps to stop the cycle, and if that means the silver bullet, then that is what must happen. They may have been human once, but they are now monsters.


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Posted by madashell
a resident of Palo Verde School
on Oct 7, 2011 at 9:21 am

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First off, how do you judge a person by what a article is saying???? Everyone is so quick to judge as they say a book by its coveer but i guess its ok for MOLESTERS to get out and live right next door to you or across the street from a school??? Those are the ones who should be locked up for life those kids didnt choose to be raped or molested but it happend to them and they will have to deal with that for the rest of their life but a person chooses to go out and buy drugs to use them they arent FORCED get a CLUE PEOPLE!!!! Cause non of you sound STREET SMART!!!!


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Posted by iSez
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Oct 7, 2011 at 9:26 am

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Somehow, I don't think madashell lives in Palo Alto. . .


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Posted by madashell
a resident of Palo Verde School
on Oct 7, 2011 at 9:30 am

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Born and Raised in East Palo Alto!!!!


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Posted by iSez
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Oct 7, 2011 at 10:50 am

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Madashell: Then why are you masquerading as a Palo Altan by stating you are from Palo Verde area?


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Posted by JustMe
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 7, 2011 at 7:07 pm

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Dear Madashell, let's leave the molesters for another discussion.

The people who buy and use drugs are easier to feel sorry and lenient for. This guy was manufacturing crack on a large scale for sale, not for himself. I classify that differently than the mere user, who is more of a victim of people like Gardner.


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