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Two sentenced for cocaine distribution

Two Chautauqua county men have been sentenced by Chief U.S. District Court Judge William M. Skretny after being convicted of possessing 50 grams of crack cocaine they intended to distribute.

Quentin J. Leeper, 35, of Jamestown, was sentenced to 135 months in prison and his cousin, Koran Leeper, 38, also of Jamestown, was sentenced to 72 months.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas S. Duszkiewicz, who handled the case, said in 2008, the defendants and nine others were charged in connection with a large-scale cocaine distribution ring in Jamestown.

During the investigation, authorities seized two vehicles belonging to Quentin Leeper, used to facilitate various drug distributions. Authorities also seized more than half a kilogram of cocaine and cocaine base, money, scales and drug packaging material.

One defendant, Quincy Turner, was murdered in Ellicott in 2008. Jose Martinez, 42; Angel Luis Marcial, 39; Juan DeJesus Santiago, 28; Felix J. Vasquez, 44; and Carlos A. Jorge Canales, 41, have all been indicted on murder charges.

The indictment alleges that Turner was murdered to prevent him from communicating with law enforcement officers about information related to narcotics trafficking offenses committed by one of the co-defendants, as well as in retaliation for Turner’s providing information about narcotics trafficking.