FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
MONDAY - February 4, 2008
BETHEL MAN PLEADS GUILTY FOR DRUG SALES IN THREE COUNTIES
GREENVILLE - United States Attorney George E. B. Holding announced that in federal court ISMALIUS JARON WHITE, 30, of Bethel, North Carolina pled guilty before United States Magistrate Judge David W. Daniel to Conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute fifty (50) grams or more of cocaine base (crack).
On October 10, 2007, a federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on WHITE. From February 1, 2006 to October 10, 2007,numerous controlled purchases of crack cocaine were made from WHITE. The evidence presented today in Court showed that on February 10, 2006, a controlled purchase under the direction of the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Department of more than 50 grams of crack was executed. On April 4, 2006 and April 11, 2006, controlled purchases of 43.5 grams and 53.6 grams, respectively, were executed under the direction of the Washington Police Department. Again, on May 25, 2006, a controlled purchase of more than 6 grams was conducted by the Dare County Sheriff’s Department.
United States Attorney George Holding praised the cooperation of the investigative agencies, stating, “The teamwork among the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Washington Police Department and the Sheriff Departments of Dare and Beaufort Counties should be commended. Working together and for the good of the community, they have taken another drug dealer off the streets.”
WHITE faces a maximum penalty of life imprisonment, five years supervised release, and could have a fine of up to $4,000,000 imposed.
Investigation of the case was conducted by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Beaufort County Sheriff's Department, the Dare County Sheriff's Department, and the Washington Police Department. Assistant United States Attorneys J. Frank Bradsher and Joshua B. Royster served as prosecutors for the government.
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