The head of a “dial-a-dope” crack cocaine operation has been handed 10 ½ years’ jail time for conspiracy to traffick the drug, but he’ll only spend another 4 ½ years behind bars.
That’s because Richard Michael Bonin, 37, got six years’ credit for the nearly three years he’s already served awaiting first trial, then sentencing.
Bonin, along with two other men, ran a 24-hour, seven-day drug trafficking operation. Customers would call a phone number, then arrange to meet a drug trafficker to buy their drugs. Traffickers — one of whom was a female teen — worked 12-hour shifts. A half-ounce of crack went for $1,000.
Police busted the operation in June 2005, seizing over $17,000 in cash.