Detroit Drug Conviction Lands 17 Years

Cromwell Bost, a drug dealer with a lengthy criminal record in Detroit, was sentence to more that 17 years in prison for selling drugs to an undercover agent and weapon charges.

The decision was announced last week by the U.S. Attorney’s office. Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in Detroit, David McCain, joined in the announcement.

While living in the Smith Housing Projects in Detroit, Bost sold crack cocaine and heroin to an undercover ATF Agent on four occasions from the middle of 2010 through February 2011. During the fifth and final drug deal, agents boxed Bost’s car in a parking lot. Bost drew gunfire from the agents after putting his car in reverse and nearly running over a few of the agents. Bost then fled on foot after his car became stuck in a snow bank. Agents were able to capture Bost only a brief distance away. When his car was searched, the authorities found heroin, crack cocaine and a loaded pistol.

Bost had nine felony convictions for varies weapons, assault and drug crimes according to the Detroit Free Press. Throughout the jury trial in December 2011, the undercover ATF Agent illustrated the multiple times the defendant had sold heroin and crack cocaine. Bost had even shared some trade secrets saying selling heroin over crack would prove to be more profitable for the undercover agent.

U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen sentenced Bost after the jury had convicted him after the trial in December 2011. According to the US Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Michigan, Bost was convicted of four counts of distribution of controlled substances (cocaine and heroin) and one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon. Cromwell Bost now faces 210 months or 17½ years of federal prison time to be followed by 3 years of supervised release.