FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday - July 14, 2003
RALEIGH - United States Attorney Frank D. Whitney announced that ROBERT EARL LOWRY was sentenced in federal court in Raleigh, N. C., on Thursday, June 19, 2003, by Chief U. S. District Judge Terrence W. Boyle, for drug and firearms violations.
LOWRY, 43, of Broad Creek Road, Apt. 2, Wanchese, N. C., received a sentence of 228 months imprisonment and five years of supervised release. On January 30, 2003, he pled guilty to one count of possessing a firearm after he had been convicted of a felony. On January 31, 2003, following a jury trial, LOWRY was convicted on two counts of possessing with the intent to distribute crack cocaine and one count of using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime. Federal parole has been abolished.
Evidence presented in court showed that LOWRY sold a total of 5.4 grams of crack cocaine on two separate occasions in Wanchese, N. C., and possessed a firearm during one of the drug transactions.
U. S. Attorney Whitney said this conviction was part of the federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) case, "Operation OuterLimit." Investigation of the case was conducted by the N. C. State Bureau of Investigation and the Dare County Sheriff's Office. Assistant U. S. Attorney Michael G. James handled the case for the government.