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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of North Carolina

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 28, 2013

Ash, N.C. Man Sentenced For Federal Drug Charges

Raleigh - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court on February 27, 2013, Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever III, sentenced FREDERICK WILLIAMS, 29, of Ash, North Carolina, to 112 months imprisonment followed by 3 years supervised release.

On July 11, 2012, Williams pled guilty to six counts of distribution of a quantity of cocaine base (crack).

In a joint operation between the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms an agent of the government purchased a quantity of crack cocaine from Williams on six separate occasions in the Longwood area of Brunswick County North Carolina.  The transactions occurred between August and October 2011.  The investigation also revealed that Williams possessed a handgun.

This case was brought as a part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Operation entitled Buggsnatcher, investigating importers and multi-level distributors of cocaine and crack cocaine.  So far 19 persons have been sentenced in federal court as a part of this OCDETF.

Investigation of this OCEDTF case is being conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and Explosives; the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations; the Wilmington Police Department; the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.  Special Assistant United States Attorney Timothy Severo represents the government.      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 criminal matters.

Updated July 14, 2015