Drug suspect gets 11 years

YOUNGSTOWN – Police Chief Rod Foley said he is happy with the 11-year sentence an East Side man received Wednesday on drug charges.

Foley said DeWaylyn Colvin, 31, of Nelson Avenue and a ”loose association” of others were responsible for a lot of violence in his East Side neighborhood.

Colvin was sentenced by Mahoning County Common Pleas Court Judge Lou D’Apolito after pleading guilty to charges of trafficking in drugs, possession of drugs, having weapons while under disability and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

Colvin and six others, five from Youngstown and one from Lake Milton, were indicted in December 2011 on accusations of running what prosecutors termed a ring that distributed heroin. Foley said Colvin and his group used a lot of violence to carry out their work.

”He had individuals who would enforce his will and his form of street justice,” Foley said.

Assistant Prosecutor Martin Desmond said Colvin and the other members of the ring were responsible for a lot of violence, including several shootings, and they were dealing a high quantity of drugs before they were caught.

In 2005, Colvin, while serving a federal sentence on drug charges, was sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter for the July 13, 2004, murder of Eric Martinez, 16, of Jackson Street, who was shot to death in the driveway of a Josephine Street home. Colvin showed up at St. Elizabeth Health Center about an hour later with five gunshot wounds.

Of the co-defendants in the drug case, two already were sentenced after pleading guilty, one is set for a trial and one is set for sentencing in April. An additional defendant has been undergoing drug treatment and has a hearing in August.

Another co-defendant, Quintin Prieto, 28, of Liberty Road, was sentenced to two years community control on Wednesday for the charge of tampering with evidence.

Desmond said Colvin wasted no time after getting out of prison to get right back into dealing drugs. Foley said that was his downfall.

”The lure of easy drug money made him vulnerable to us, and that’s why we were able to take him out,” Foley said.