FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
THURSDAY - JULY 10, 2008
RALEIGH MAN SENTENCED FOR ARMED DRUG TRAFFICKING
WILMINGTON - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that yesterday in federal court Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox sentenced RAYMOND LEE WADE, 36, of Raleigh, North Carolina, to 87 months’ imprisonment and five years supervised release following his term of confinement.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on January 17, 2008.On March 24, 2008, WADE pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine and possession of a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime. On September 21, 2007, Raleigh Police Department conducted a surveillance of a residence in an effort to serve outstanding warrants on WADE. During the surveillance, WADE arrived at the home and was taken into custody. A search of the residence revealed approximately 6.83 grams of cocaine, 20 grams of marijuana, packaging materials, a digital scale, and a Arminius/Weihrach .32 caliber revolver.
On December 12, 2007, Raleigh Police performed a traffic stop on WADE’s vehicle. A search of WADE revealed he had 4.1 grams of cocaine and $800.
Mr. Holding noted the importance of this case: “The arrest and prosecution of this case again reveals the pervasive and dangerous nature of armed drug trafficking. We will continue to partner with the Raleigh Police Department and other law enforcement to remove traffickers like this from our communities.”
Investigation of the case was conducted by the Raleigh Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Ethan Ontjes served as prosecutor for the government.
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