‘Drug Kingpin’ Gets Life Sentence

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first_imgBy John BurtonFREEHOLD – A Matawan man has been handed a life sentence in prison for his role as a drug kingpin responsible for overseeing a major heroin distribution ring in Monmouth County’s Bayshore area, authorities said.Dectric Rawls, 32, will have to serve at least 25 years in state prison before being considered for parole for his conviction as a “leader of a narcotics trafficking network,” under the state’s drug kingpin statute, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.Along with the life sentence, Superior Court Judge Francis P. Vernoia handed down an additional eight-year prison term on Friday, Aug. 17, for Rawls’ conviction on possession of a firearm in the course of committing a drug offense. That second degree offense, authorities said, would require Rawls to serve at least four years in prison before being considered for parole, and must be served consecutively to his other sentence.Rawls pleaded guilty to the charges on April 30. The charges stem from a multi-department investigation that began in July 2008 and resulted in the arrest of 19 people on Nov. 16, 2009, according to the prosecutor’s office. Another six codefendants were subsequently arrested and charged.The investigation involved detectives from the Middlesex Prosecutor’s Office, officers from the Sayreville and Old Bridge police departments and the Monmouth County Prose­cutor’s Office’s Bayshore Narcotics Task Force, which includes officers from Keansburg, Union Beach, Atlantic Highlands, Highlands, Hazlet, Matawan, Keyport, Middletown, Aberdeen and Holmdel.The task force’s investigation determined that Rawls’ operation was responsible for selling about 100 bricks of heroin, with a street value of approximately $25,000, per week. A brick contains 50 bags or packets of heroin, authorities said.During a search of Rawls’ Fredwood Place home in Matawan at the time of his arrest, investigators seized approximately 63 bricks of heroin, a Lorcin .380 caliber automatic handgun and $28,766 in cash. The seized drug bricks had a street value of about $15,000.The search of Rawls’ home led investigators to a facility on Highway 9, Morganville, rented by Rawls, where, investigators discovered a safe containing $258,491.last_img read more


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first_img30 October 2009JSE-listed IT firm Dimension Data has acquired a 51% stake in Moroccan telecommunication infrastructure services company Telcom for an undisclosed sum, thus extending the company’s footprint in the region.The company, to be acquired through Dimension Data’s Middle East and Africa business, will immediately be rebranded as Dimension Data Maroc, and plans are afoot to grow the business in the local IT marketplace.“[The] acquisition of a majority stake in Telcom enhances our plans to be represented in the four corners of emerging Africa,” Dimension Data Middle East and Africa chairman Andile Ngcaba said in a statement this week.“Morocco has a relatively well-developed ICT sector, as evidenced by the high mobile and internet penetration rates. In addition, its proximity to large EU markets, and the nature of what is essentially a services-driven economy, has also contributed to a vibrant and growing sector.”The company’s entry into the Kingdom of Morocco brings the number of employees in the Dimension Data Emerging Africa territory to around 600 employees and the Dimension Data Middle East and Africa group, incorporating South Africa, to over 5 000 employees.Dimension Data’s Algerian business, which has been operating under its European operation for the past five years, will be placed under the Middle East and Africa business as part of the group’s North Africa plan.Dimension Data MarocDimension Data Maroc will initially operate out of offices in Temara – close to Rabat – and Casablanca, with plans to grow its core business, as well as introduce data centre and storage offerings in the region.According to Ngcaba, major companies such as Microsoft and Cisco have committed their support to growing market share in the region together with Dimension Data.“Dimension Data will also provide the personnel, skills, systems, and technology support to ensure the Morocco business grows effectively,” he said. “In addition, the group will contribute its sales and delivery expertise, and deep experience in public sector markets for the region’s services offerings.”A recent Interactive Data Corporation report indicates the total ICT sector size at close to US$4.8-billion growing over the next three years at 4.8% annually. Of this overall ICT market, just over $1-billion relates to IT products and services growing at 6.9% annually.“The management and our 130-strong team of employees are delighted to be part of a global organisation,” said Telcom MD Reda Meziane Belfkih. “We have built up a solid reputation in the market since it was founded in 2000, and look forward to taking the business to a new level together with Dimension Data.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more