FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TUESDAY - February 12, 2008
65 MONTHS RECEIVED FOR CRACK POSSESSION BY A WILMINGTON MAN
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E. B. Holding announced that in federal court here yesterday United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced JARMONT LATRESE PETERS, 28, of Wilmington, North Carolina, to 65 months for possession of more than five grams of crack cocaine.
A federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on June 26, 2007 and on October 1, 2007, PETERS pled guilty. Wilmington Police Department observed PETERS involved in activity consistent with drug distribution on McRae Street in Wilmington, North Carolina. PETERS was arrested and found with one gram of crack cocaine on him and eight grams of crack in his vehicle. PETERS, having just served a prison term for possession of a firearm by a felon, had been released from federal prison several months before his arrest in this matter.
Mr. Holding stated, “My office is particularly interested in prosecuting repeat offenders who did not learn from their first federal prosecution that they should stop selling and distributing illegal drugs. Judge Boyle’s sentence sends that message to Mr. Peters and to anyone who would commit additional federal offenses.”Investigation of the case was conducted Wilmington Police Department. The United States was represented by Timothy Severo. Special Assistant United States Attorney Severo is a prosecutor with the New Hanover district Attorney’s Office. District Attorney Ben David has assigned him to the United States Attorney’s Office to prosecute federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) criminal matters. This has been made possible by a grant funded by the Governor’s Crime Commission and the New Hanover County Commissioners.
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