George E. B. Holding
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, April 4, 2007
45-YEAR SENTENCE FOR VIOLENT CRIME IN AID OF RACKETEERING
WILMINGTON - United States Attorney George E. B. Holding announced that on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 in federal court in Wilmington Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox sentenced CARLOS JAVIER MEDINA-CASTELLANOS, 30, of Elkridge, Maryland, to a 540-month (45 year) prison term on two counts of violent crime in aid of a racketeering enterprise. This grew out of a multi-million dollar stolen property ring primarily dealing with stolen baby formula. After a three week trial, the jury returned its verdict on October 5, 2006.
The evidence presented at trial showed that MEDINA-CASTELLANOS was involved in two violent home invasions in the Raleigh area as part of an internal power struggle to control a large scale interstate stolen property operation centered in the Raleigh area. The value of the stolen property was proven to be in excess of $14 million. MEDINA-CASTELLANOS was extensively involved in the stealing and fencing of infant formula, over-the-counter medication and personal hygiene products which were subsequently sold to distributors in Kentucky, Wisconsin, and Ohio for resale. He also was responsible for organized teams of gang connected individuals from the Baltimore area who commited two violent home invasions, one in Raleigh, one in Cary. The purpose of the home invasions was to drive the conspiracies’ middlemen out of the operation. The home invaders committed serial rape, pistol whippings and administered electric shock to their victims.
Mr. Holding drew attention to this sentence and pointed out that, “The long prison sentence, and the aggressive prosecution of this case reflect the Department of Justice’s commitment to attacking violent and gant related crime in this federal district.” The investigation was led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Cary Police Department with assistance from the Wake County Sheriff’s Office, Raleigh Police department, Morrisville Police Department, Durham Police Department and the Howard County, Maryland Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney John S. Bowler prosecuted the case for the United States.
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