DENVER (LAWFUEL) – Timothy Cassius, aka “The Almighty Dollar,” age 38, of Denver, Colorado, was sentenced to serve 360 months (30 years) in federal prison for crack cocaine distribution within 1,000 feet of a school, carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime, being a felon in possession, and conspiracy to witness tamper and witness tampering. Cassius was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Robert E. Blackburn on August 7, 2008. The Judgment and Commitment order was handed down on by Judge Blackburn August 19, 2008.
The defendant was first charged by Criminal Complaint on June 15, 2006. He was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 12, 2006. Cassius was found guilty on November 6, 2007 of the charges listed above following a seven day jury trial.
According to the indictment as well as the facts presented during trial, on June 14, 2006, Timothy Cassius possessed with intent to distribute 5 grams or more of crack cocaine, and that the defendant was operating within 1,000 feet of Clayton College in Denver. Further, the jury found that Cassius carried a Hi-Point model C 9mm semi-automatic pistol during and in relation to the drug trafficking crime, and that he was a convicted felon while possessing the firearm. Lastly, the jury found that the defendant conspired, and attempted to corruptly influence the testimony of witnesses during a federal criminal trial. The jury found Cassius not guilty of another witness tampering charge.
“Deal crack near a school, tamper with witnesses, go to prison,” said U.S. Attorney Troy Eid.
“The investigation, trial and subsequent sentencing, of Cassius is the direct result of a comprehensive investigative strategy to target the most violent criminals within the community which is ATF’s core mission,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge Dick Chase. “Our success in this investigation is the direct result of a progressive and effective partnership with the Denver Police Department and the United States Attorney’s Office.”
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the Denver Police Department.
Cassius was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Barrett.