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Friday - December 12, 2008


NEW BERN - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court on December 11, 2008, THERON JERMAINE THOMPSON a/k/a “Freak,” 35, was sentenced to 320 months in federal prison today by Chief United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan. THOMPSON pled guilty on September 11, 2008, to all counts of a Criminal Indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute more than fifty (50) grams of cocaine base (crack), three counts of possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base (crack), and distribution of a quantity of cocaine base (crack).

The investigation, conducted by the New Bern Police Department, revealed that THOMPSON was involved in a large scale drug trafficking conspiracy since September, 2005, that included sources of supply in New Jersey, Virginia and Georgia. The investigation further revealed that THOMPSON has been involved in drug trafficking since as early as 1999, and is responsible for the distribution of more than 2,900 grams of crack cocaine and more than 11 kilograms of powder cocaine in and around the New Bern, North Carolina area.

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, ”The New Bern Police is working diligently to make the streets a safer place for its families. Because of this Mr. Thompson will be locked up 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 Brian Meyers served as the prosecutors for the government.


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