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FRIDAY - December 12, 2008


NEW BERN - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday that Chief United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced Derrick Edwin Rector, 39, of Wilmington, North Carolina, to 122 months’ imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on June 26, 2007. On July 9, 2008, RECTOR pled guilty to possession with the intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine. On May 17, 2007, an automobile driven by RECTOR collided with several vehicles on 6th and Grace Streets in Wilmington, North Carolina. RECTOR and the driver of one of the other vehicles were injured. RECTOR fled the scene. Police confirmed that RECTOR was driving one of the cars. Police approached RECTOR several blocks from the collision and found that he had injuries consistent with the wreck. RECTOR was arrested for leaving the scene of an accident. Police found 108 grams of cocaine in his pocket. RECTOR had a prior Federal narcotics conviction and had just completed his federal sentence in January, 2007.

Mr. Holding commented, “Officers and investigators never know when they may encounter drug traffickers in our communities. I applaud the work of the Wilmington Police Department in this case.” Investigation of this case was conducted by the Wilmington Police Department. Special Assistant United States Attorney Timothy Severo represented the Government. 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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