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

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Rocky Mount Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Possessing A Machine Gun

RALEIGH - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court yesterday United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced SAMUEL LEE COOPER, JR., 36, to 76 months imprisonment followed by five years supervised release.  On July 11, 2012, COOPER pled guilty to possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c), and possessing a machinegun, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(o) and 924(a)(2). 

The June 6, 2012, Superseding Indictment, alleges that the offenses took place on October 4, 2010.  According to the evidence presented in court, COOPER wasa drug dealer operating in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.  When law enforcement went to COOPER’S residence they noticed marijuana in plain view.  A search warrant was obtained and officers found a Norinco, model SKS, 7.62 fully automatic rifle along with ammunition for the rifle and a Smith and Wesson .22 caliber Ruger revolver.    

This case was part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative which encourages federal, state, and local agencies to cooperate in a unified “team effort” against gun crime, targeting repeat offenders who continually plague their communities.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Rocky Mount Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Jane J. Jackson is prosecuting the case.

Updated July 14, 2015