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Thursday - August 5, 2004

GREENVILLE - United States Attorney Frank D. Whitney announced that REGINALD LARUE SPIVEY, a/k/a "Buddy," was sentenced in federal court in Greenville, N. C., on Tuesday, August 3, 2004, for conspiracy and drug violations. U. S. District Judge Malcolm J. Howard imposed a sentence of 420 months imprisonment and a supervised release term of five years. Also, SPIVEY was ordered to forfeit to the United States $1 million, which he had obtained as a result of his illegal acts.

SPIVEY, 36, of 16663 Twisted Hickory Road, Bladenboro, N. C., was indicted by a federal grand jury sitting in Wilmington on February 26, 2003. Following a four-day jury trial in Greenville, he was convicted on February 12, 2004. The jury found SPIVEY guilty of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine base (crack) and cocaine; distribution of cocaine; and possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (crack) and cocaine.

According to evidence presented during his trial, SPIVEY was a significant distributor of illegal drugs in Bladen and Columbus Counties. Evidence showed that he was responsible for the distribution of more than 250 kilograms of cocaine and cocaine base (crack). By the time of his arrest on April 3, 2003, SPIVEY had developed sources of supply in Georgia, Florida, and New York.

Investigation of this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) case, code-named "Operation Chickenfoot," was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the N. C. State Bureau of Investigation, the Bladen County Sheriff's Office, and the Columbus County Sheriff's Office. Assistant U. S. Attorney J. Frank Bradsher prosecuted the case for the United States.

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