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THURSDAY - JULY 10, 2008

PENDER COUNTY ARMED DRUG DEALER SENTENCED

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that yesterday in federal court United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, sentenced LUIS ANTONIO ESCOBEDO-GONZALEZ, 29, of Pender County, North Carolina, to 84 months’ imprisonment with three years of supervised release following his confinement.

On April 17, 2008, ESCOBEDO-GONZALEZ pled guilty to a Criminal Information filed on March 7, 2008, charging conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 or more grams of cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense.On July 27, 2007, ESCOBEDO-GONZALEZ and a co-defendant were stopped by a Pender County Sheriff’s Vice Officer. ESCOBEDO-GONZALEZ was driving the car. Found inside the vehicle was 2.9 kilograms of cocaine and a .45 caliber handgun.

Mr. Holding commented: “Some of our most important progress is made when law enforcement encounters armed drug dealers while performing routine duties and realize what they have found.”

Investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Pender County Sheriff’s Office. The United States was represented by Special Assistant United States Attorney Timothy Severo. Mr. 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 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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