FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TUESDAY - April 15, 2008
CONVICTED FELON PLEADS GUILTY TO DRUG AND FIREARM CHARGES
WILMINGTON - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that BRIAN CURTIS AUTRY, 26, of Raleigh, North Carolina, plead guilty before Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox to possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of crack cocaine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1), which carries a penalty of 10 years to life in prison and a $4,000,000.00 fine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924, carrying a penalty of 5 years to life in prison and a $250,000.00 fine. If deemed an armed career criminal, AUTRY faces 15 years to life in prison and a $250,000.00 fine.
“We must continue to battle the ill-effects that illegal drugs and drug pushers have on our communities. Each prosecution of one of these cases is an important step in making a safer neighborhood for our children,” said Mr. Holding.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a six-count Criminal Indictment on February 20, 2008. On October 9, 2007, a controlled buy of cocaine was made from AUTRY. The following day another controlled buy was set up. After a chase, AUTRY was arrested with 147 grams of powder cocaine and 20 grams of crack cocaine. Because of injuries sustained during the chase, he was taken to the hospital for treatment and officers performed a search where another 28 grams of crack cocaine were found. A search of his residence was performed, after obtaining a search warrant, where approximately 118 grams of crack cocaine, two firearms and ammunition were found.
Sentencing is scheduled for July 7, 2008.
The Indictment alleges that AUTRY has at least three prior convictions for violent felonies.
Investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Raleigh Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Jane Jackson is serving as prosecutor for the government.