FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
WEDNESDAY - August 6, 2008
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, sentenced SAMUEL COFIELD, 34, of Hertford County, North Carolina, to 216 months’ imprisonment followed by five years of supervised release.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on November 8, 2007.On March 25, 2008, COFIELD pled guilty to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine. On July 17, 2007, while driving in Louisiana, COFIELD and another individual were stopped by an officer with the Lake Charles Louisiana Police Department. Believing that the two may be transporting narcotics, the officer asked for and was given consent to search the car. The subsequent search uncovered eight kilograms of powder cocaine in the car, which had been sent from Houston, Texas for distribution in Eastern North Carolina. This organization responsible for the cocaine seized, used Wilmington, North Carolina as a distribution center for much of its activity.
This case is part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation entitled Seven Day Ground, which has been ongoing for the past two years. During the course of the investigation, it has been ongoing determined that the organizations have been responsible for importing more than 300 kilograms of cocaine and one kilogram of heroin in to Eastern North Carolina and Virginia.
“The diligence of this extensive investigation has paid off with a this drug dealer being taken off the streets for a significant amount of time. All law enforcement agencies involved in this case should be commended for their tenacious work,” stated Mr. Holding.
Investigation of the case was conducted by the North Carolina state Bureau of Investigation, Louisiana Federal Bureau of Investigation, West Lake Louisiana Police Department, lake Charles Police Department, South West Louisiana Crime Laboratory, Louisiana State Police Department, Houston Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, Wilmington Drug Enforcement Administration, 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 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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