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WEDNESDAY - April 9, 2008

THREE BROTHERS SENTENCED ON DRUG CHARGE

NEW BERN - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court Chief United States District Judge Louise Wood Flanagan sentenced three brothers from New Bern for conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of cocaine base. YUSEFIMAN WRIGHT, 35, was sentenced to 84 months’ imprisonment. His brothers, KAMU SUVINER WRIGHT, 28, and HASSANH BEY WRIGHT, 30, received 90 months’ and 144 months’ imprisonment, respectively.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on January 24, 2007.On July 17, 2007, YUSEFIMAN WRIGHT pled guilty; then on September 14, 2007 both KAMU and HASSANH entered their guilty pleas.

On July 22, 2005, after a controlled buy of crack cocaine at the residence of HASSANH and YUSEFIMAN WRIGHT in New Bern, police officers obtained and executed a search warrant of the residence. Officers recovered from the search amounts of crack and powder cocaine, drug paraphernalia and currency in numerous places throughout the residence, along with a Ruger model .357 revolver, a Mossberg model 12 gauge shotgun and a loaded .357 caliber Dan Wesson Arms revolver. KAMAU WRIGHT was present at the scene and placed under arrest. His brothers, HASSANH and YUSEFIMAN were arrested later.

On December 19, 2006, another controlled purchase of crack cocaine was made from HASSANH WRIGHT, who had been released on bond from his prior arrest. On January 11, 2007, after receiving information regarding a drug deal in progress at a second residence, officers arrived. An exterior search with K-9's of the area was begun and the dogs alerted on a vehicle and officers noticed a bag containing powder cocaine and crack cocaine under the vehicle. Officers repeatedly knocked at the residence door with no response. A search warrant was eventually obtained. The search revealed electronic scales and razor blades with cocaine residue, marijuana, and a .45 Ruger Black Hawk revolver. A search outside and behind the residence revealed a Ravin .25 caliber pistol with five rounds, military ammunition and M16 magazines.

“We believe todays’ sentences reflect the effective use of federal law enforcement resources to prosecute individuals that violate the drug laws. The coordination of law enforcement by federal and local authorities enable us to create a safer climate for members of our communities in Eastern North Carolina as well as to punish those that violate the drug laws. The prosecution of the Wright Brothers was made possible by the assistance of members of the New Bern North Carolina Police Department,” commented Mr. Holding.

Investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the New Bern Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Gaston Williams served as prosecutor for the government.

 

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