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Judge Sweet http://nycourts.law.com/CourtDocumentViewer.asp?view=Document&docID=44404 DEFENDANTS CONTESTED the appropriate amount of crack cocaine for which they should be sentenced and the proper characterization of their roles. The court said the evidence established that defendants were responsible for distribution of over 1.5 kilograms of cocaine base. The court found that for almost five years, defendants Sanchez and Birkett were the owners and co-leaders of the “Purple Crew,” a conspiracy selling crack cocaine. Testimonial evidence of two of the earliest employees of the business was corroborated by telephone records, showing a large volume of calls between Birkett and the Purple Crew workers and between Birkett and Sanchez. The court concluded that defendants Birkett and Sanchez played leadership roles in the conspiracy. Defendants Richardson and Sass qualified for minor role and safety valve reductions. As to defendant Gowdie, since he served as a temporary supervisor, he did not qualify for a minor role or safety valve reduction.

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