FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
THURSDAY - August 14, 2008
RALEIGH MAN FACES CHARGES RELATED TO THE RUNNING OF AN ILLEGAL DRUG TRAFFICKING BUSINESS FROM UNDER DAUGHTER’S BED
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court SILAS FOSTER, JR., 28, of Raleigh, North Carolina, has been detained pending trial.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a three-count Criminal Indictment on August 6, 2008, charging FOSTER of being a felon in possession of a firearm, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924; possession with intent to distribute a quantity of marijuana, a quantity of cocaine, and a quantity of cocaine base (crack), in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1); and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking crimes, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924.
It is alleged that on April 2, 2008, officers with the Raleigh Police Department were investigating a larceny from a motor vehicle case. While at the residence of FOSTER’s girlfriend, officers saw what appeared to be stolen stereo equipment. Doing a casual search of the residence, officers found, under the bed of FOSTER’s nine-year-old daughter, an unlocked safe. Inside the safe officers found 12 individually packaged rocks of crack cocaine, eight grams of powder cocaine, 20 grams of marijuana divided into 17 separate mini-zip lock bags (“nickel” and “dime” bags), $200 in cash, and a loaded .25 caliber Lorcin semi-automatic pistol.
At the hearing it was revealed that FOSTER’s nine-year-old daughter told police that her father would ask her to leave the room whenever he needed to get to the box under the bed.
If convicted for the charge of felon in possession of a firearm, FOSTER faces a maximum penalty of not more than 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both, and 3 years supervised release following his term of confinement, if deemed an Armed Career Criminal, FOSTER would face a minimum of 15 years in prison. For the charge of possession with intent to distribute, the maximum sentence is not more than 20 years imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, and 3 years supervised release following the term of confinement. For the charge of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, the penalty is not less than five years, consecutive to any sentence for possession with intent to distribute, a $250,000 fine or both, and 5 years supervised release. Probation is prohibited.
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 Raleigh Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Will Gilmore serves as prosecutor for the government.
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