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THURSDAY - April 24, 2008


RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that yesterday in federal court United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, sentenced defendant MARGARET HAMILTON, 45, of Louisburg, North Carolina, to 72 months’ imprisonment and five years of supervised release.

On August 29, 2007, a Criminal Information was filed. On January 14, 2008, HAMILTON pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1). The investigation, an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Operation (OCDETF), entitled Operation Second Wind, centered around an organization that was charged with the possession with intent to distribute substantial amounts of marijuana and cocaine in the Fayetteville, North Carolina, area, and lead by Donald Miles. Millions of dollars in marijuana and cocaine were brought to Fayetteville via this drug ring. HAMILTON’s sentencing is the ninth sentencing in Operation Second Wind.

Regarding this case, Mr. Holding said, “The OCDETF Program is a cooperative effort involving federal, state, and local law enforcement partners and focuses on some of our most serious drug traffickers. Here, I commend investigators for this cooperative effort which has resulted in this important conviction.”

Investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Fayetteville Police Department, and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Group H31 Drug Enforcement Administration based in Houston, Texas.


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