FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
WEDNESDAY - August 13, 2008
ELIZABETH CITY MAN RECEIVED 10 YEARS IN PRISON AFTER HOME INVASION TURNS UP CRACK COCAINE AT RESIDENCE
NEW BERN - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday Chief United States District Judge Louise Wood Flanagan sentenced KAREEM AKEEM MCMURRIN, 24, of Elizabeth City, North Carolina, to 120 months’ imprisonment and five years supervised release.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on February 27, 2008. On May 5, 2008, MCMURRIN pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of cocaine base (crack). On October 18, 2007, a controlled buy of 21.1 grams of crack cocaine was made from MCMURRIN. On October 28, 2007, a home invasion occurred at MCMURRIN’s residence. Two males entered the residence demanding money. According to MCMURRIN, the men got away with $300 and 28.35 grams of crack cocaine. Upon questioning MCMURRIN, officers retrieved 6.4 grams of marijuana from the backyard area. A search warrant was obtained and another 2.4 grams of marijuana along with drug paraphernalia was found during the execution of the warrant. An additional 90.2 grams of crack was seized from an automobile parked outside the residence.
“The prosecution of this case again highlights the pervasive danger of drug trafficking. Whether it is the sale and distribution of illegal drugs or the related crimes and violence, drug trafficking poses a real risk of harm to all our citizens. And we are proud to pair with law enforcement at all levels to keep the pressure from every angle on drug traffickers. We want to drive them out of business and out of the communities in the Eastern District of North Carolina,” commented Mr. Holding.
Investigation of the case was conducted by the Elizabeth City Police Department Drug Enforcement Unit. Assistant United States Attorney Denise Walker served as prosecutor for the government.
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