FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
THURSDAY - JULY 10, 2008
RALEIGH MAN RECEIVES MORE THAN 16 YEARS IN PRISON
FOR DRUG/GUN CRIMES
WILMINGTON - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox sentenced BRIAN CURTIS AUTRY, 26, of Raleigh, North Carolina, to 193 months’ imprisonment and five years supervised release following his term of confinement.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on February 20, 2008.On April 15, 2008, AUTRY pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of crack cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.
On October 9, 2007, officers with the Raleigh Police Department received information that AUTRY was selling large amounts of cocaine. Controlled buys were made from AUTRY the following two days. During the controlled buy on October 10, 2007, as officers moved in to make the arrest, AUTRY ran. He was apprehended and approximately 147 grams of powder cocaine and approximately 20 grams of crack cocaine were found. AUTRY was taken to the hospital for minor injuries sustained during the foot chase. While at the hospital, officers searched AUTRY and found approximately another 28 grams of crack cocaine.
A search warrant of AUTRY’s residence was obtained and executed. Found during this search were 118 grams of crack cocaine, a Lorcin .380 caliber handgun, and an Armi Fratelli 9mm handgun with holster.
AUTRY is a previously convicted felon with convictions that include felon in possession of a firearm and robbery with a dangerous weapon. He is also a high ranking member of the “Bloods” gang.
Regarding this case, Mr. Holding commented, “Today we have taken another drug dealer off the streets. While this is a small step, it is a step in the right direction and it will make a difference. And if we continue in this direction, we will build momentum and one small step will become two and eventually a mile. And each step will continue to fuel the message that drug dealing is not and will not be tolerated.”
Investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Raleigh Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Jane Jackson served as prosecutor for the government.
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