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THURSDAY - April 24, 2008

HIGH-RANKING GANG MEMBER SENTENCED TO 336 MONTHS IN PRISON

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that yesterday in federal court United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, sentenced RYAN OSHAY LEE, 21, of Wilmington, North Carolina, to 336 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on June 26, 2007.On August 28, 2007, LEE pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute more than five grams of cocaine base (crack). On May 22, 2007, LEE was stopped by the Wilmington Police Department. Inside the gas tank of his car 18 grams of crack cocaine were found. On his person, he had $4,475.00.

LEE is a high ranking member of the Gangsta Killa Bloods criminal street gang. LEE has four prior convictions for possession with intent to deliver controlled substances and a prior conviction for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

“This Wilmington Gang Task Force is to be commended. Putting away high-ranking members of gangs is an essential step in dismantling gangs,” stated George Holding.

Investigation of the case was conducted by the Wilmington Federal Bureau of Investigation Gang Task Force, which also includes members of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the New Hanover Sheriff’s Department, and the Wilmington Police Department. The United States was represented by Special Assistant United States Attorney Timothy Severo. Mr. Severo is a prosecutor with the New Hanover District Attorney’s Office. District Attorney Ben David has assigned him to the United States Attorney’s Office to prosecute federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) criminal matters. This has been made possible by a grant funded by the Governor’s Crime Commission and the New Hanover County Commissioners.

 

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