Thursday, September 28, 2006

Florida migrant camp owners convicted on crack cocaine slavery charges


...the owners of two migrant labor camps were found guilty in federal court of luring drug addicts and homeless people into indentured servitude by forcing them to work off debts from the purchase of crack cocaine, cigarettes and beer.

Ronald Evans Sr., 60, was found guilty Aug. 25 in Jacksonville, FL, of operating a “continuing criminal enterprise,” which carries a sentence ranging from a mandatory 20 years to life, and a fine of up to $2 million, according to a U.S. Department of Justice statement.

Evans and his wife, Jequita, 45, were both found guilty by a jury of selling more than 50 grams of crack cocaine, the statement said. That charge carries a sentence of 10 years to life and a fine of up to $4 million. A sentencing date has not been set...

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