FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
WEDNESDAY - April 16, 2008
DRUG ORGANIZATION HEADS SENTENCED
WILMINGTON - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that yesterday in federal court Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox sentenced SHANE MARCUS HUNT, 36, of Lumberton, North Carolina, to 390 months’ imprisonment and five years supervised release following his term of confinement. Also sentenced was ANTHONY DIAL, 35, also of Lumberton, North Carolina, to 378 months’ imprisonment, 5 years supervised release and had a fine of $14,200 imposed.
Sealed Criminal Informations were filed on July 13, 2007 and unsealed yesterday at sentencing.On August 24, 2007, both defendants pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute more than five (5) kilograms of cocaine. HUNT, who is a career offender, was the head of a multi-jurisdictional drug organization that was responsible for distributing in excess of 5,000 kilograms of cocaine in the Eastern District of North Carolina. DIAL was a high level member in HUNT’s organization, who ran its daily operations. Stunna Automotive was the hub where many of the drug transactions occurred.
On September 22, 2006, agents supervised a controlled buy where the purchase was made of 4.5 ounces of cocaine for $2,200 from DIAL at Stunna Automotive in Maxton, North Carolina.
Acknowledging the importance of this case, Mr. Holding complemented the investigators involved: “The drug organization operated by these defendants distributed more than 5,000 kilograms-more than 10,000 pounds–of cocaine in the Eastern District of North Carolina. The court’s sentences will remove these drug dealers from the streets for a long time to come. The sentence is appropriate given the seriousness of the crime.”
Investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Raleigh, the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Charlston, the Federal Bureau of Investigation-South Carolina, Drug Enforcement Administration-South Carolina, HITDA-Houston, Texas, and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Ethan Ontjes served as prosecutor for the government.
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