Local career criminal returns to federal prison

A 49-year-old St Augustine man who pled guilty on March 22, 2018 to violating federal supervised release on drug charges, has been sentenced to eight-years in federal prison for new charges by U.S. District Judge Henry L. Adams.

Historic City News was informed that James Ray Crooms was sentenced for selling cocaine base, also known as “crack” cocaine. Concurrently with the eight-year sentence, Crooms will serve two-years for violating his federal supervision by selling the crack.

According to court documents, on August 31, 2017, a confidential informant made a controlled purchase of .4 grams of crack cocaine from Crooms in St. Augustine. On November 29, 2017, an undercover detective with the St Johns County Sheriff’s Office made a second controlled purchase of .5 grams of crack from Crooms.

At the time of the sales, Crooms was on federal supervised release for a previous federal conviction of selling crack cocaine.

This case was investigated by the St Johns County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Laura Cofer Taylor.