FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TUESDAY - AUGUST 26, 2008
FAYETTEVILLE MAN SENTENCED TO OVER 11 YEARS
IN PRISON FOR DRUGS
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday U.S. District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced RYAN DARRELL PORTER, 35, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, to 141 months’ imprisonment, five years supervised release, and imposed restitution in the amount of $1,260.00.
A Criminal Information was filed on March 6, 2008, charging conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of cocaine base (crack). On March 24, 2008 PORTER pled guilty to the charge. On January 2, 2007, a controlled buy was arranged by Fayetteville Police officers in which 36.9 grams of crack cocaine were purchased from PORTER. On September 13, 2007, a search warrant was executed at PORTER’s residence where 12.2 grams of crack cocaine, 2 digital scales and other drug paraphernalia were discovered. Along with several previous drug convictions, PORTER has a previous federal conviction for conspiring to distribute cocaine base.
“This case is a strong reminder that all of our communities are affected by the distribution and sale of illegal drugs. No community is immune and this is why my office will continue to work with all levels of law enforcement to pursue those who put our communities in danger,” stated Mr. Holding.
Investigation of the case was conducted by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the Fayetteville Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Ethan Ontjes served as prosecutor for the government.
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