FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
WEDNESDAY - August 6, 2008
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, sentenced DERRICK LASHAWN OLIVER, 27, of Wilmington, North Carolina, to 192 months’ imprisonment followed by five years of supervised release.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on February 13, 2008.On May 5, 2008, OLIVER pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (crack). On February 27, 2007, OLIVER and co-defendant, Demetreus Biggett, were stopped by a Pender County Sheriff’s Deputy for a traffic violation. Based upon his observations of the occupants of the car, the deputy asked for and received consent to search the car. During the search, approximately seven ounces of cocaine base (crack) was found on Biggett’s person. The subsequent investigation revealed that OLIVER had purchased the crack in Pender County earlier that day and both men were transporting it for distribution in Wilmington, North Carolina. Upon seeing the deputy, OLIVER immediately handed the drugs to Biggett because of OLIVER’s prior encounters with law enforcement.
Commenting on this case, Mr. Holding said, “This is another excellent example of what can be accomplished when all levels of law enforcement pull together. The sentence issued today will take a drug dealer with an extensive history of illicit drug sales of the streets for a long time.”
This case is part of an investigation entitled Don Quoxite which is being conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations; the Wilmington Police Department; the Holly Ridge Police Department; the New Hanover Sheriff’s Department; and the Pender County Sheriff’s 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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