A Vallejo man will be sentenced May 14 for distributing cocaine and crack cocaine in the city during a five-year period.Mark Edward Parker, 36, was convicted by a federal jury after a four-day trial in Sacramento of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine, distribution of crack cocaine and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. The U.S. Department of Justice said Parker sold thousands of dollars of the highly addictive cocaine in Vallejo between 1999 and 2004.Witnesses at the trial before U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England testified about two occasions when they saw Parker converting large quantities of powder cocaine into rock cocaine in the kitchen of a residence at 828 Grant St.Parker’s drug business ended Feb. 9, 2006, when he fled in a vehicle from police down Fairgrounds Boulevard, ran a red light and struck a motorist, according to the Department of Justice.When police caught Parker they found a large bag of crack cocaine and marijuana in the middle of Fairgrounds Boulevard near the driver’s door of Parker’s vehicle. Police linked the bag to Parker through the overwhelming odor of marijuana in his vehicle, the Department of Justice said.Parker has a 1994 conviction for crack cocaine trafficking and faces a minimum sentence of 20 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison.
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