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FRIDAY - April 4, 2008

WILMINGTON MAN SENTENCED TO 408 MONTHS IN PRISON
FOR DRUG, FIREARM AND ESCAPE CHARGES

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court United States District Judge David A. Faber sentenced LAMONT CLINTON KING, 34, of Wilmington, North Carolina, to 408 months’ imprisonment, 5 years supervised release following completion of his confinement and restitution of $85.00 was imposed for charges stemming from the original Indictment returned on December 7, 2005, of possession with intent to distribute a quality of cocaine, a quantity of heroine, and a quantity of marijuana; use of a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime; and two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm; and from charges arising from the May 3, 2006, Indictment charging escape; and from a third Indictment of January 11, 2007, charging attempted escape.

On March 19, 2004, the Greenville Police Department received a tip that KING was to meet two males from New York at the Trailways bus station. The men from New York would be bringing a large quantity of heroin and would be picked up. Based on this information, surveillance of the bus station was undertaken. Police saw a male pacing back and forth continuously, looking both ways. Approximately five minutes later, a gray Ford Explorer pulled in and picked up this man and another.

The vehicle was driven to a nearby laundromat, where all three persons exited the vehicle and entered the laundromat. A few minutes later, they exited the laundromat accompanied by KING, who was carrying a green bag. Police conducted a lawful stop. One of the passengers from the Trailways station had an outstanding warrant and the vehicle was searched. Officers located ten bundles of heroin in a green bag in the back of the Explorer. KING was then arrested. It was learned that KING was also storing drugs at a residence. Police searched the residence finding a Rigarmi-Brescia .25 caliber handgun, an Interarms 9mm handgun, and a Universal 30 ca. M-1 Enforcer pistol.

On December 7, 2004, Wilmington Police Department responded to a call of kidnapping and assault. After interviewing the victim, a search warrant of the residence was obtained. Officers found a Sig-Sauer .380 caliber handgun.

On April 15, 2006, while being detained at the Edgecombe County Detention Center and awaiting trial on drug and firearm charges, KING escaped. Six days later the United States Marshal Service apprehended KING in New York.

On December 28, 2006, while being detained at the Wake County Detention Center, KING was found on the sixth floor window ledge in the process of an attempted escape.

Investigation of the case was conducted by the United States Marshal Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Greenville Police Department, and Wilmington Police Department.

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