United States v. Heath

Defendant received a 48 month non-sentencing guidelines prison sentence following conviction for possession with intent to distribute cocaine. Mr. Heath was described by President Bush as an “international drug kingpin” and was once on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list while fighting a ten year extradition battle from his native St. Kitts with the United States. Sentence was remarkable in that it was well below the range called for in his plea agreement and Mr. Heath’s co-conspirator and purported underling received a 15 year sentence despite the government’s application for leniency due to his cooperation. Mr. Heath’s sentence was so low that various media reports in St. Kitts suggested that he must have cooperated with the government to get such a low sentence – which he did not.