Cannabis POW of the Month
By Cheri Sicard (Cannabis Cheri)
Like many people serving egregiously long sentences for marijuana, Parker Coleman is the victim of America’s conspiracy laws, where it takes no actual evidence to get a conviction, just the testimony of others who are “cooperating” in order to avoid prison time themselves.
At trial, no witnesses testified they had ever bought marijuana from Coleman. There was no violence involved in this case, although the police recovered 3 licensed guns from others in the case (who had concealed weapons permits). The guns did not belong to Coleman and he even passed a DNA test (with a 99 percent negative result) to prove that.
Out of those 21 people indicted, Parker was only acquainted with two of them.
Parker himself was never caught with any marijuana. In the entire case, only one person was ever caught with weed and he was NOT indicted. That person, Jerry C. Davis, had two prior felony convictions and was out on bond when he caught a cocaine charge in West Virginia. In other words, he was looking at some serious prison time, unless he “cooperated” with authorities.
Davis claimed that Parker Coleman was the ringleader of a big criminal operation that was smuggling marijuana with the help of TSA agents working cooperation with members of the Mexican cartels, who allowed him to circumvent checkpoints and transport 50 to 100 pounds of marijuana at a time in suitcases. Davis further claimed he had purchased marijuana from Coleman dozens of times, although according to Parker, the amounts this informant said he purchased increased as time went by.
Davis first claimed to have bought between 200 to 300 pounds of marijuana, but by the time the trial came that amount he said he had purchased over the course of a year had somehow inflated to “7,600 to 8,000 pounds.”
Despite these accusations, Coleman knows of no TSA agents that were ever interviewed or that made statements about him. No Mexican cartel members made the indictment either. Jerry Davis, the man who made these accusations, never even testified at Parker’s trial, only two money carrier who had worked for him.
Parker says local news reports said that he had recruited family members to work in the enterprise, an accusation he firmly denies.
A Romantic Complication
At the time all this went down, Parker Coleman was on probation for his one prior offense, a marijuana possession charge he caught in Mississippi. His probation got transferred to North Carolina when his family moved there, which is when a romantic fling with his probation officer developed.
Coleman claims the probation officer contacted him on his private number and initiated the relationship. At the time she told him she was planning on quitting and returning to law school to become an attorney.
She told an entirely different story at his trial, when she testified she could not resist his charms and persistent pursuit of her. She also claimed that at Parker’s insistence she quit her job to become a drug trafficker for him.
Parker Coleman says his probation officer’s job resignation in March 2008 had nothing whatsoever to do with him, and furthermore it would make no logical sense for him to want a cooperative probation officer to quit being his probation officer, as there is nothing more significant she could have offered him as a drug courier.
Like others who take their cases to trial, as opposed to “cooperating” and testifying against others, Parker Coleman ended up being convicted and received an extremely long sentence. Unless he receives clemency, he will be in his 80s by the time he is released from prison.
Write to Parker Coleman
Parker loves to get cards and letters. Write to him here:
PO Box 3000
Pine Knot, KY 42635
Cheri Sicard is the author of Mary Jane: The Complete Marijuana Handbook for Women (2015 Seal Press) and the founder and director of the Marijuana Lifer Project, a nonprofit organization working to end life sentences for marijuana. www.MarijuanaLiferProject.org.