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FRIDAY - December 12, 2008

NEW BERN CRACK COCAINE DEALER
SENTENCED TO 425 MONTHS IN FEDERAL PRISON

NEW BERN - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court on December 10, 2008, MARTREY ANTWAIN NEWBY, a/k/a “Trey,” 24, was sentenced to 425 months in federal prison today by Chief United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan. On July 24, 2008, a jury convicted NEWBY of conspiracy to distribute more than fifty (50) grams of cocaine base (crack), and five counts of possession with the intent to distribute cocaine base (crack).

The investigation, conducted by the New Bern Police Department, revealed that NEWBY began obtaining and distributing crack cocaine shortly after being released from state prison in September 2006. At trial, evidence included five video-recorded distributions of crack cocaine by NEWBY to individuals cooperating with law enforcement, the testimony of numerous co-conspirators, now cooperating with authorities, who sold drugs to NEWBY or allowed NEWBY to use their homes to manufacture and deliver crack cocaine in exchange for crack cocaine from NEWBY. According to investigators, during one of the video-recorded purchases of crack cocaine from NEWBY, NEWBY left a small child restrained in a rear car seat for several minutes while he conducted a drug deal inside a local residence.

NEWBY had numerous convictions for robbing individuals at gun point, and using and threatening force. He also had a prior conviction for possessing with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, and a conviction for assaulting a government official which resulted from striking a New Bern Police Officer in the face when the officer was attempting to conduct a search of NEWBY.

This case is part of an ongoing investigation being conducted by the New Bern Police Department targeting drug traffickers in and around the New Bern, North Carolina area. In response to this case, Mr. Holding stated, ”Without the assistance of local law enforcement, such as the New Bern Police Department, cases like these would not come to the attention of federal prosecutors. Mr. Newby, with his extensive past violent criminal behavior has been removed from the community for a long time.”

The New Bern Police Department and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation are the law enforcement agencies that participated in this investigation. Assistant United States Attorneys Josh Royster and Frank Bradsher served as the prosecutors for the government.

 

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