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TUESDAY - July 1, 2008


RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced PHILLIP STRICKLAND, 41, of Bailey, North Carolina, to 10 years imprisonment and five years supervised release following his term of confinement.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on March 27, 2007.On November 13, 2007, STRICKLAND, who previously worked as a correctional officer for the North Carolina Department of Corrections, pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (crack). On October 26, 2005, Nash County Sheriff’s Department, arranged a controlled buy at the Ashe Street Recreation Center in Spring Hope, North Carolina, where STRICKLAND sold crack cocaine.

On February 8, 2006, the Nash County Sheriff’s narcotics unit received information that STRICKLAND would be traveling in a Ford Expedition with drugs. Specific information was given about the car, its location and when it would be traveling. Based on that information, agents stopped STRICKLAND’s Ford Expedition on Strickland Road, in Bailey, North Carolina. STRICKLAND, who was the driver, was searched and a bag containing crack was found on his person. A female passenger, who was a jailer in Nash County, was searched and found to have stuffed crack and powder cocaine down her pants. STRICKLANDs female companion pled guilty in state court to drug charges.

On January 31, 2007, STRICKLAND was interviewed by a Nash County Sheriff’s deputy. STRICKLAND admitted to purchasing several ounces of crack from two sources in the Nash County area since February, 2006. After interviewing others, it has been established that STRICKLAND has sold more than 127 grams of cocaine from October, 2005 to March, 2007.

This case is part of an Eastforce investigation entitled Cold Wind, in which approximately 17 defendants have been prosecuted for drug and gun related violations.

Investigation of the case was conducted by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Nash County Sheriff’s Department, the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department and the Wilson Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Ethan Ontjes served as prosecutor for the government.


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