News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 16, 2008
Contact: Chuvalo J. Truesdell
PIO/AFD
Number: 404-893-7124

Wilmington Man Sentenced To 130 Months In Prison For Drug Distribution

APR 16 -- (Raleigh, NC) - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court, United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced LAMONT ANTONIO NIXON, 35, of Wilmington, North Carolina, to 130 months’ imprisonment and five years supervised release following his term of confinement.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on August 23, 2007. On November 14, 2007, NIXON pled guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five grams of cocaine base.

This case is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation, entitled Seven Day Ground, which focused on a drug trafficking organization responsible for the distribution of more than 250 kilograms of cocaine into Eastern North Carolina, primarily New Hanover and Pender Counties from 2005 to 2007.

The investigation showed that Nixon was responsible for the distribution of more than five kilograms of cocaine. Also, he was arrested by the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Department in possession of 11 grams of crack on April 25, 2007. Nixon has three prior convictions for possession with intent to deliver cocaine and one conviction for trafficking in cocaine.

Rodney G. Benson, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Atlanta Field Division stated, “This defendant is deserving of the sentence that was handed down today. Through the concerted efforts of a multitude of federal, state and local law enforcement counterparts, we were able to remove another drug dealer from the streets. Justice has been served.”

Mr. Holding complimented the cooperative efforts of the agencies involved; “I commend the investigators involved in this important Drug Task Force investigation. They have disrupted the activities of a very significant drug trafficking organization.”

Investigation of the case was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, and the Wilmington Police Department. The United States was represented by Special Assistant United States Attorney Timothy Severo. Mr. Severo is a prosecutor with the New Hanover District Attorney’s Office. District Attorney Ben David has assigned him to the United States Attorney’s Office to prosecute federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) criminal matters. This has been made possible by a grant funded by the Governor’s Crime Commission and the New Hanover County Commissioners.

The DEA Atlanta Field Division, under the direction of SAC Benson, recommends that parents and children educate themselves about the dangers of drug abuse by visiting DEA’s interactive website at www.justhinktwice.com

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