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MONAY - December 15, 2008


NEW BERN - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court on December 10, 2008, DEVINO PATERA PUTNEY, 33, of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, was sentenced by Chief United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan to 235 months in federal prison for his participation in a drug trafficking conspiracy operating in and around Halifax County, North Carolina. PUTNEY pled guilty on August 5, 2008, to conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute fifty (50) grams or more of cocaine base (crack), five (5) or more kilograms of cocaine powder and one hundred (100) kilograms of marijuana. PUTNEY has been in federal custody since May 2008, after being arrested by authorities for distributing more than seventy (70) grams of crack cocaine and more than 100 grams of powder cocaine to an individual cooperating with law enforcement in exchange for $5,000.00. The investigation, led by the Halifax County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Unit, revealed that since October 2004, PUTNEY participated in a large scale drug trafficking organization operating in and around Halifax County, North Carolina, and that PUTNEY was responsible for the distribution of more than forty-eight (48) kilograms of cocaine powder, and two hundred and forty (240) pounds of marijuana in the Halifax County area. The investigation further revealed that PUTNEY conspired with others to transport large amounts of currency to sources of supply in Texas in exchange for large quantities of marijuana and cocaine that were then shipped back to PUTNEY and others, using vehicles with hidden compartments that PUTNEY helped install at his business, Supreme Audio, in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.

This case is part of the United States Attorney’s Operation Eastforce Program which pairs federal, state and local law enforcement in an effort to target significant local drug traffickers and, in this case, targets multiple mid-level drug traffickers located in and around the Halifax County, North Carolina area.

In response to this case, Mr. Holding stated, “Over the last few years we have seen much success in our Eastforce Program. The defendant was identified as a significant threat to the community and the combined efforts of local and state authorities have removed this threat from the community.”

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Josh Royster served as the prosecutor for the government.


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