FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
WEDNESDAY - December 17, 2008
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court here today United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, sentenced RASHON ANDRE EDWARDS, 34, of Raleigh, North Carolina, to 300 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release for possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of cocaine base, a quantity of cocaine and less than 50 kilograms of marijuana.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on January 9, 2008. On June 23, 2008, EDWARDS pled guilty. On September 24, 2007, Raleigh Police officers, serving a state arrest warrant for robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault with a deadly weapons inflicting serious injury, placed EDWARDS under arrest. A search of his person found approximately $4,000 and a set of keys to a truck. After consent to search the vehicle was given, officers found 52.13 grams of cocaine base, 166.87 grams of powder cocaine and 95 grams of marijuana.
EDWARDS’ extensive criminal history and was a motivating factor in the sentence handed down by the Court. EDWARDS prior convictions include possession of marijuana/hash, possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, theft from a person, financial facilitation of criminal activity, reckless driving to endanger and driving while license revoked, conspiracy to distribute crack, and use of unauthorized access device.
Mr. Holding commented: “This case demonstrates the close relationship between drug trafficking and gun crimes. The Court’s sentence certainly frees the community from the threat posed by Mr. Edwards, at least for the next 300 months.”
Investigation of the case was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Raleigh Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney J. Frank Bradsher served as prosecutor for the government.
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