According to a story by Caribbean media dateline Friday May 17, 2013, the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency ICE reported that 52-year-old Jamaican Hubert Downer,also known as “Doc” was sentenced last Thursday to 20 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for murder in aid of racketeering.
Hubert Downer's conviction and imprisonment is part of a case involving Jean Brown, 43, one of the leaders of the Brown Organization, a criminal organization whose members distributed narcotics in Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Arizona, California and Jamaica, who was convicted back in February of this year.
Jean Brown and Carl Smith - who was killed by one of Brown's co-conspirators - were the leaders of a drug organization that obtained marijuana in Arizona and California and used trucking companies that Brown owned and operated to transport the marijuana to Maryland, Pennsylvania and New York on a monthly basis. They transported as much as 1,000 pounds of marijuana per month from 2000 until Brown's arrest in 2010.
Brown employed truck drivers for the distribution of the marijuana on the East Coast, principally in Baltimore and Pittsburgh, and used couriers to smuggle the drug proceeds to Jamaica, and sent cash back to the Southwest to pay for the next load.
Witnesses testified that on Dec. 16, 2009, Brown, Smith and additional co-defendants Peter Blake, Hubert Downer and Dean Myrie kidnapped Michael Knight, one of Brown's money couriers,who was holding $1 million for the organization, but when the money was collected $250,000 was missing. Myrie drove Brown and Knight, who was bound with a telephone cable, and other members of the organization to an apartment in White Marsh, Md., where Brown and others interrogated Knight. After Knight was not able to provide the location of the money, Brown ordered Downer and Blake to kill Knight. Knight was stabbed to death in the bathtub. Over the next few days Brown, Myrie, Downer and Blake dismembered Knight and disposed of his body in dumpsters in the Loch Raven and Liberty Road areas of Baltimore County.
In addition to the murder of Knight, the evidence showed that after threatening Smith on several occasions, in April 2010, Brown offered to pay Campa-Mayen and Leo Alvarez Tostado-Gastellium to murder Smith in Tijuana, Mexico. Witnesses testified that Tostado-Gastellium killed Smith, shooting him in the head. Brown also assaulted a former partner in the drug organization with a baseball bat and a woman and her infant child with boiling water and with a knife.
Brown faces a maximum of life in prison for the drug conspiracy, for kidnapping in aid of racketeering and for murder in aid of racketeering and a maximum of 10 years in prison for conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering.
Hubert Downer, aka "Doc" and "Michael Reid," 51, of Jamaica; Dean Myrie, aka "Journey," 39, of Jamaica and Peter Blake, 55, of Jamaica all pleaded guilty to their roles in the conspiracy. Tostado-Gastellium, aka "Superman," remains a fugitive.