MINNEAPOLIS—The last of four Twin Cities-area men was sentenced today in federal court in Minneapolis for his role in the distribution of the stimulant drug N-Benzylpiperazine, commonly known as BZP, and the semisynthetic psychedelic drug MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy. United States District Court Judge Joan N. Ericksen sentenced Clayton Sung Wilcox, age 29, of Bloomington, to 140 months in prison on one count of possession with intent to distribute BZP. Wilcox was indicted along with three co-defendants on November 12, 2008. He pled guilty on April 16, 2009.
In his plea agreement, Wilcox admitted possessing 5,780 tablets (1,445 grams) of BZP on September 29, 2008. He also admitted being responsible for 2,000 tablets (500 grams) of ecstasy. Wilcox committed these crimes while awaiting federal sentencing on a 2007 charge of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. When the 2007 charge was filed against him, he also admitted responsibility for 5,000 tablets of ecstasy. He still awaits sentencing on the 2007 charge.
Last fall, Judge Ericksen sentenced Wilcox’s three co-defendants for their roles in the 2008 distribution operation. Shermon Reginold Hawkins, age 25, of Minneapolis, was sentenced to 84 months in prison on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. In his plea agreement, Hawkins admitted that on August 19, 2008, he possessed a nine-millimeter, semi-automatic handgun. Because he was a felon at the time, Hawkins was prohibited under federal law from possessing any firearms.
Michael Antwaine Modisett, age 27, of St. Paul, was sentenced to 48 months on one count of possession with intent to distribute ecstasy. Modisett admitted that on September 19, 2008, he possessed with intent to distribute 1,700 tablets of the drug.
Frederick A. Hamilton, age 24, of Bloomington, was sentenced to 28 months on one count of conspiracy to possess and distribute ecstasy. Hamilton admitted that between May 1 and September 29, 2008, he conspired with Hawkins, Modisett, and Wilcox to possess with intent to distribute 100 ecstasy tablets. He also admitted responsibility for one kilogram of cocaine.