Augusta man sentenced on drug charges

Thursday, Aug 12, 2010 11:58 AM
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Reginald Darrell Beale, 29, of Augusta, has been sentenced in federal court to 350 months in prison following his conviction on cocaine trafficking charges.  After serving his prison sentence, Beale will be on federal supervised release for five years, according to a statement from the Justice Department.

            Evidence presented during the sentencing revealed that Beale was a leader of a drug organization that operated in the Dogwood Terrace public housing community which was responsible for distributing up to15 kilograms of cocaine in the Augusta area, a news release said.  Beale has a previous drug conviction arising from his drug trafficking in the same housing community several years earlier.

  

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baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 08/12/10 - 12:20 pm
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I'm just schocked that a drug

I'm just schocked that a drug ring was operating out of a taxpayer funded public housing community....

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Fiat_Lux 08/12/10 - 01:10 pm
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Is this the kind of

Is this the kind of conviction where he actually will be forced to serve 85% of his sentence before being considered for parole? That would be nice.

SouthAugustan
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SouthAugustan 08/12/10 - 01:33 pm
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Yes Fiat Lux, people

Yes Fiat Lux, people sentenced in federal court have to serve 85% of their time. It will be a long time before he gets released. There is no parole in the federal system anymore.

justus4
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justus4 08/12/10 - 02:05 pm
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Wow! That's thirty years! Is
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Wow! That's thirty years! Is this even legal for non-violent crimes? This is akin to stoning someone to death like in Iran. Do non-minorities receive such sentences? When was the last one? This sentence is abhorrent and excessive and deserve some oversight from outside agencies. Good grief! Is this America?

Hatfield0278
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Hatfield0278 08/12/10 - 02:23 pm
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I see that he's a repeat

I see that he's a repeat offender, but I didn't see any mention of his race.

esmc68
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esmc68 08/12/10 - 03:01 pm
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If my math is correct he is

If my math is correct he is looking at 24 years @85% of his sentence.

sueboo418
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sueboo418 08/12/10 - 04:57 pm
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Justus4, he was a "leader" of

Justus4, he was a "leader" of a drug organization, duh!!!

messy
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messy 08/12/10 - 05:30 pm
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I jus read a story the other

I jus read a story the other day about an insurance agent that stole almost two million dollars from his clients over a 17 year span and only got 105 months. So will someone please tell me how can a man get 350 months for selling drugs to be people that wants to get high? I know drugs are illegal but the crime dosent justify the time. Our judical system needs alot of work because its setup for the book to be thrown at the poor why the rich get away with a slap on the wrist.

trimmy
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trimmy 08/12/10 - 05:54 pm
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Probably not a first
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Probably not a first offender.

ArmyWife.
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ArmyWife. 08/12/10 - 06:53 pm
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@justus4... I am amazed at

@justus4... I am amazed at your comparison between his sentencing and stoning someone to death. Fifteen KILOS of cocaine is alot of cocaine. It's not as if the man was speeding... he was the leader of a drug organization. I do not know, nor do I care, if he is white, black, asian, etc... he is a criminal contributing to the rates of recidivism. He deserves the time.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 08/12/10 - 09:52 pm
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justus4 usually seems to

justus4 usually seems to assume drug offenses are committed by minorities.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 08/12/10 - 09:55 pm
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justus4, oh never mind, waste

justus4, oh never mind, waste of typing effort...

flipa
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flipa 08/12/10 - 11:41 pm
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Justus4 & Messy; the law sees

Justus4 & Messy; the law sees no color. It convicts any color or income with the same time. It is your enabling of this kind of crime that lured this man into this because he thought this is what you wanted.. Your complaining that an organized crime boss got this much time PROVES THAT. If he had been Native American like my people they might have just strung him up. Funny that you are on his side as Innocent bystanders like you are his main victim. His "nine" and his Uzi don't care if you wrote in support of his filthy lucre. These guys are severely prejudiced against blacks anyway and ONLY date white prostitutes like Tiger does. You or yours would be dead or seriously injured if you had got in his way.

messy
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messy 08/13/10 - 01:11 pm
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@filpa...I guess u got my

@filpa...I guess u got my comment confused because i didnt say what he did was right at all. but get foreal if you think that man deserves 350 months in prison for a non-violent crime. Thats just insane....people that has stolen millions and billions of dollars from americans as a whole hasnt gotten time like that.

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mattmesa 08/13/10 - 01:49 pm
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15 kilos of cocaine in

15 kilos of cocaine in housing projects? I don't think it would be going out on a limb to assume this contributed to more than one "violent crime." Personally I would like to see some drugs legalized but sadly that isn't the status quo and until it is moving this kind of drugs around is going to be linked to violence.

messy
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messy 08/13/10 - 03:45 pm
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@mattmesa..15 kilos is a bit

@mattmesa..15 kilos is a bit excessive but 30 years is just to much time...You cant just assume that there was a violent crime do to this person selling drugs because thats not what he was charged for.

flipa
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flipa 08/13/10 - 10:21 pm
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A young black man is being

A young black man is being stalked by a drug dealer he bought from. The drug dealers gang was caught scoping out his home for a drive by. This ONE drug dealer may kill a whole family cause their child wanted to get high. Less than 10% of these crimes are ever even reported. One drug dealer moving that much crack can destroy 1,000's of lives and cause others to kill many, many folks. This is NOT about getting high, this is about POWER over your fellow man to the point of life & death. This DRUG BOSS WOULD have BEEN EXECUTED IN MANY countries YET HERE HE HAS A CHANCE TO GET A LAW degree. He's young enough to study for the bar, pass it when he gets out and become a judge then retire on the publics dime. Is THAT justice 4 all?

Richmnd Cty Votr
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Richmnd Cty Votr 08/14/10 - 08:31 am
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Ten years ago this summer,

Ten years ago this summer, Portugal became the first country in Europe to decriminalize all illegal drugs -- marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and even heroin. Hefty fines and prison sentences still await drug traffickers and dealers, but users caught with less than a 10-day supply of any drug are no longer considered criminals. Now the addict count has been cut nearly in half. HIV infections from drug use have fallen more than 90 percent. And the policy shift responsible for such a dramatic improvement in Portuguese life is something U.S. lawmakers -- watching an escalating drug war on their southern border -- might consider worthy of some attention: decriminalization.

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