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FRIDAY - April 25, 2008

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that a Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on April 17, 2008 charging ANTHONY TERRELL RUSSELL, 23, BRANDON MICHAEL JONES, 20, and ASHLEY LAMONT BOST, 20, all from Raleigh, North Carolina, with conspiring and attempting to possess with the intent to distribute controlled substances, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846, which carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years, 3 years supervised release, and $1,000,000 fine; and using and carrying firearms during and in relation to drug trafficking crimes, and aiding and abetting, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A) and 2, which carries a maximum term of life imprisonment, 5 years supervised release, and a $250,000 fine. ANTHONY TERRELL RUSSELL is also charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924, which carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years, 3 years supervised release and a $250,000 fine. BRANDON MICHAEL JONES is also charged with 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 maximum term of life imprisonment, 5 years supervised release, and a $4,000,000 fine.

The indictment charges that, on September 22, 2007, three co-conspirators who have each been charged separately in federal court with related offenses, ANTHONY HASSAN RUSSELL, 24, of West Palm Beach, Florida; IVAN CORREA, JR., 21, of Lake Worth, Florida; and ALEXANDER EUGENE OXLEY, 24, of West Palm Beach, Florida, traveled by train from West Palm Beach, Florida to Raleigh, North Carolina, where they were picked up at the train station by ANTHONY TERRELL RUSSELL. ANTHONY HASSAN RUSSELL brought a Mossburg 12-gauge shotgun, CORREA brought a Glock 9-millimeter pistol.

The indictment further charges that, on September 24, 2007, ANTHONY TERRELL RUSSELL, JONES, ANTHONY HASSAN RUSSELL, CORREA, and OXLEY, armed with the Mossburg 12-gauge shotgun and the Glock 9-millimter pistol, went to a residence in Raleigh where they believed illegal drugs were stored. ANTHONY TERRELL RUSSELL pointed out the residence and drove off. The others entered the residence which was occupied by a woman. The woman was taken to the bathroom and tied up, and her jewelry, cell-phone, and car were stolen.

The indictment further charges that, on September 25, 2007, BOST, ANTHONY HASSAN RUSSELL, CORREA, and OXLEY, armed with the Mossburg 12-gauge shotgun, the Glock 9-millimeter pistol, and an Astra .357 revolver that ANTHONY TERRELL RUSSELL had given to OXLEY, traveled to another residence in Raleigh where they believed illegal drugs were being stored. BOST stayed in the car while OXLEY, CORREA, and ANTHONY HASSAN RUSSELL entered the residence. The occupants, five adults and three children, were held at gunpoint, while a male adult victim was taken upstairs to retrieve drugs and money. Cash in the amount of $1,000 was turned over and the defendants left the residence.

On April 7, 2008, CORREA pled guilty to a Superseding Criminal Information charging conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846; using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A); and possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, in violation of Title 18, United States, Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924.

On February 20, 2008, a Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment against ALEXANDER EUGENE OXLEY, charging him with conspiring and attempting to possess with the intent to distribute controlled substances, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846; two counts of using and carrying firearms during and in relation to drug trafficking crimes, and aiding and abetting, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A) and 2; and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, in violation of Title 18, United States, Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924.

On January 23, 2008, a Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment against ANTHONY HASSAN RUSSELL, charging him with possession with intent to distribute a quantity of marijuana in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1), which carries a maximum term of 5 years imprisonment, 3 years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A)

An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in Court.

Investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Raleigh Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Eric Goulian served as prosecutor for the government.

 

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