A Sacramento man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison on charges of cocaine trafficking and money laundering, federal authorities announced Wednesday.
Daryl M. Summerfield, 46, used a commercial shipping business and tried to mail the drugs from Elk Grove to Alaska on March 22, 2006, according to a press release from United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner's office.
The full press release follows:
SACRAMENTO MAN SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS IN PRISON FOR COCAINE TRAFFICKING
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — United States District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller sentenced Daryl M. Summerfield, 46, of Sacramento, to 20 years in prison for cocaine trafficking and money laundering, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, and the Sacramento Police Department. Assistant United States Attorneys Jason Hitt and Todd Leras prosecuted the case.
According to court documents, between December 2003 and March 2006, Summerfield had multiple kilograms of cocaine shipped in vans from California to Alaska. The vans were driven to Seattle and then shipped from Seattle to Alaska. When the cocaine arrived in Alaska, Summerfield flew to Alaska and oversaw its distribution through a network of drug distributors in Alaska.
According to court documents, on March 22, 2006, Summerfield attempted to send 13 kilograms of cocaine from Elk Grove to Alaska using commercial shipping businesses. Based upon court-authorized federal wiretaps and surveillance, DEA agents were able to intercept Summerfield’s packages and seize 13 kilograms of cocaine destined for Alaska.
According to the plea agreement, between January 2002 and January 2003, Summerfield paid more than $100,000 in drug money to purchase and remodel a duplex on 18th Street in Sacramento without putting his name on title to the property. Summerfield enlisted a person to act as the front for the laundering of drug trafficking proceeds. The transactions were designed to conceal and disguise that Summerfield was the source of the money.
In sentencing, Judge Mueller found that his crimes were extensive and national in scope. Judge Mueller also noted that Summerfield had enlisted family members to assist him in laundering his drug money. The court said the sentence imposed should reflect the seriousness of his offenses and extensive reach of his criminal activity.
Tpring S. Summerfield pleaded guilty on February 21, 2012 to one count of use of a telephone to facilitate a drug trafficking offense and is scheduled to be sentenced on January 23, 2013. Charges are pending against Angela Summerfield. A status conference is scheduled for February 13, 2013. The charges against her are only allegations, and she is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
This case was part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). The OCDETF Program was established in 1982 to conduct comprehensive, multilevel attacks on major drug trafficking and money laundering organizations. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt, and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking and money laundering organizations and those primarily responsible for the nation’s drug supply.