News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 11, 2010
Contact: Chuvalo J. Truesdell
PIO/AFD
Number: 404-893-7124

Red Springs Man Sentenced To 15 Years In Federal Prison For Drug and Gun Charges

JUN 11 -- (CHARLOTTE, N.C.) - Chad Valentino Jacobs, 33, of Red Springs, North Carolina, was sentenced this week in Charlotte by The Honorable Robert J. Conrad, Jr., Chief U.S. District Judge for the Western District of North Carolina, to serve 15 years in federal prison for distributing crack cocaine in Mecklenburg County to an undercover detective on June 2, 2006, and possessing a .380 Lorcin semi-automatic pistol during and in relation to that drug offense. Jacobs was brought into federal court to answer the federal charges on January 20, 2009, and pleaded guilty on April 2, 2009.

Today’s announcement is made by Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, joined by Rodney G. Benson, Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Atlanta Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Zebedee T. Graham, SAC of the Charlotte Field Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Rodney Monroe, Chief of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD).

The investigation was handled by DEA Task Force Officer and CMPD Detective Chris Long, and the prosecution was handled for government by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven R. Kaufman of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte.

In a separate and unrelated case, also sentenced in U.S. District Court in Charlotte this week was Antonio Latre Hall, 27, of Charlotte. Hall was sentenced by The Honorable Frank D. Whitney, U.S. District Judge for the Western District of North Carolina, to serve over 22 years in federal prison for possessing crack cocaine with intent to distribute on November 30, 2008. Hall pleaded guilty on June 11, 2009 to the charge. Hall’s sentence was increased significantly because he was characterized as a “career offender” under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

The investigation regarding Hall was handled by ATF Special Agent Brian Pelletier, and the prosecution was handled for the government by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven R. Kaufman of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte.

Both defendants have been in federal custody since the time of the filing of the federal charges.

U.S. v. Jacobs; Docket Number 3:07-cr-4-RJC
U.S. v. Hall; Docket Number 3:09-cr-54-FDW

DEA Atlanta’s SAC Benson encourages parents, along with their children, to educate themselves about the dangers of legal and illegal drugs by visiting DEA’s interactive websites at www.justhinktwice.com, www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com and www.dea.gov.

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