DES MOINES, IA - Carl Murphy, a 53-year-old man from Markham, Illinois, was sentenced to 375 months in prison on Monday, May 22, 2023. Murphy was found guilty of conspiracy to distribute heroin in a large-scale heroin and fentanyl conspiracy following a trial in January 2023.
During a 14-month investigation that involved wiretaps, law enforcement discovered that Murphy, also known as "P" and "C-Note," served as a heroin/fentanyl supplier for multiple street-level dealers in the Des Moines Metro area from 2019 to July 2021.
Murphy is a high-ranking member of the Black P Stone Nation, a Chicago-based criminal street gang. He operated a significant distribution network, which included lower-ranking gang members under his control. Street-level dealers would travel between Des Moines and Murphy's residence in a Chicago suburb to obtain large quantities of heroin/fentanyl for redistribution. While awaiting trial, Murphy engaged in threatening behavior towards individuals he believed were cooperating against him, intimidated potential witnesses, and orchestrated a violent assault on an inmate in his jail housing unit. He had previously been convicted of distribution of a controlled substance in the Northern District of Illinois in 2011.
During the sentencing, Chief United States District Court Judge Stephanie M. Rose determined that Murphy played a leadership role in the conspiracy, obstructed justice by attempting to influence witnesses and orchestrating an assault, and maintained a residence for drug trafficking. Consequently, he received a sentence of 375 months in prison. It's important to note that there is no parole in the federal system.
In July 2021, Murphy and several co-defendants were arrested and charged following the execution of numerous search warrants. As part of the drug conspiracy, 23 co-defendants received various sentences, ranging from imprisonment to probation. The individuals sentenced include Malek Shawn Holmes, Pierre Fontain Black, Deshawn Levell Greer, Gregory Izell Spight, Earl Clay III, Michael Byrd, Azim Abdul-Ahad, Ronald Harris, Daeante Dewayne Neely, Derrick Fleming, Dandre Cox, Patrick Staples, Tabaris Brown, Brandon Reed, Jason Beaman, Elijah Seymour, Felicia Olson, Sarah Hume, Andrew Price, Jamisha Canada, Tonie Canada, and Rickey'a Dee Jackon.
The investigation was conducted by the Mid-Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Task Force (MINE) and the Central Iowa Gang Task Force (CIGTF) in collaboration with numerous law enforcement agencies and task forces. Assistant United States Attorneys Mallory Weiser and Amy Jennings prosecuted the case, with support from Victim Witness Specialist Charlotte Kovacs.
The case is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) investigation, which aims to identify, disrupt, and dismantle high-level drug traffickers and criminal organizations. The collaborative approach involves federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies working together to combat drug-related crimes.