Kelvin Frye, 29 of East Wareham, was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison on cocaine and heroin distribution charges Friday. Frye, also known as Kelvin Andrews, Brian Wright, Cool Kel and Cool Cal, was found guilty of running an illegal drug distribution syndicate on the Upper Cape and supplying the towns of Falmouth, Bourne Mashpee and beyond with heroin and cocaine, according to a release from US Attorney Carmen Ortiz's Office.
Frye and his partner Russell Rose, also known as Double R and Baby Russell, 31, of Randolph were found guilty in December. Thirteen other men were fingered as members of the drug ring led by Rose and Frye and convicted. One other suspect died awaiting trial, according to Ortiz's Office.
From 2008 to 2010, authorities monitored the activities of the organization. Frye and Rose, the ring leaders, had a steady supply of heroin and cocaine from a variety of sources that they in turn directed members of the organization to distribute on the Cape. On March 31, 2011, Frye, Rose and 25 others were arrested during a multi-agency led drug sweep in Falmouth.
Authorities seized two kilograms of cocaine and more than 300 grams of heroin during the investigation. Investigators also reportedly learned that Frye and Rose had access to empty units at an unnamed resort in Falmouth where they processed and stored drugs and kept firearms.
Frye was found responsible for distributing 14 kilograms of cocaine and a kilogram of cocaine, according to the release. He has prior convictions and has served federal time for smuggling heroin and marijuana to Anthony Vaughn, an inmate at a federal prison in Louisiana. Frye was also sentenced to 15 months in state prison on assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in the shooting of 22-year-old Michael D. Kendricks in Falmouth in November 2006. Kendricks had been found around 5 a.m. lying in the road on Homestead Lane.
Kelvin Frye is the seventh member of the organization to be sentenced. US District Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton presided over Frye's sentencing.