FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
THURSDAY - JULY 10, 2008
144 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR PENDER COUNTY DRUG DEALER
Raleigh - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that yesterday in federal court United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, sentenced AKHILLES BENTONEY SHEPARD, 26, of Pender County, North Carolina, to 144 months’ imprisonment and 5 years supervised release following his term of confinement. Judge Dever also imposed restitution in the amount of $6,320.00.
The United States Attorney’s Office filed a Criminal Information on February 27, 2008 charging conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (crack) and 500 grams or more of cocaine.On April 7, 2008, SHEPARD pled guilty to the charge. On February 26, 2007, SHEPARD and a co-defendant sold 250 grams of cocaine to an agent of the government. On March 2, 2007, SHEPARD and the same co-defendant sold $10,000.00 worth of cocaine to the same government agent. SHEPARD was arrested after the transaction.
During the investigation, it was determined that SHEPARD had been constantly distributing cocaine, except for periods of time that he was incarcerated on other drug charges, from 2002 until his arrest on federal charges in 2007.
Mr. Holding applauded investigators’ efforts: “This multi-agency effort resulted in the arrest and conviction of a repeat offender; one who has not learned from his past involvement with the criminal justice system. The Court’s lengthy sentence effectively ends his drug dealing career.”
Investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation; 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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