FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TUESDAY - April 15, 2008
HOPE MILLS MAN RECEIVES 26 YEARS IN PRISON
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced AMANDAS JEROME WILSON, 31, of Hope Mills, North Carolina, to 320 months’ imprisonment and five years supervised release following his term of confinement.
A Criminal Information was filed on June 25, 2007. On August 8, 2007, WILSON pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute more than five grams of crack cocaine. On March 22, 2005, a Hope Mills Police Officer stopped WILSON’s vehicle for a window tint violation. Because WILSON appeared very nervous, the officer asked for consent to search the car for drugs and guns. WILSON refused. A police dog trained to detect the presence of illegal drugs was brought ot he seen. Upon the dog’s arrival, WILSON fled on foot. He was apprehended a short distance away. WILSON told the officer that he may have dropped something during the chase. The officer retraced WILSON’s path and recovered a baggy containing 6.3 grams of crack and 8.2 grams of marijuana. Officers also found $1,170 in currency on WILSON’s person and in his car.
WILSON has three previous state drugs convictions.
Mr. Holding states, “Judge Boyle’s 320-month sentence closes the revolving door on Amandas Wilson’s drug activities. In a small community like Hope Mills, the removal of a long standing drug trafficker can have a very positive influence on the community. We hope that this prosecution will allow the community to recover from the crimes committed by Mr. Wilson.”
Investigation of the case was conducted by the Hope Mills Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Ethan Ontjes served as prosecutor for the government.
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