FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
FRIDAY - July 11, 2008
STEDMAN MAN RECEIVES MORE THAN 11 YEARS FOR DRUG/GUN CRIMES
NEW BERN - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that yesterday in federal court Chief United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced KENNETH MICHAEL HOFFMAN, 57, of Stedman, North Carolina, to 134 months’ imprisonment and three years supervised release following his term of confinement.
A Federal Grand Jury returned an Indictment on November 20, 2007.On March 5, 2008, HOFFMAN pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine and possession of a firearm by a person previously convicted of a crime punishable by a term of imprisonment of more than one year. From March 2006 until his arrest on March 29, 2007, HOFFMAN possessed, manufactured, and distributed cocaine and cocaine base (crack). After a controlled buy of crack cocaine from HOFFMAN at his Stedman residence, Cumberland County Bureau of Narcotics conducted a search of his residence. There they found cocaine, cocaine base (crack), drug paraphernalia, and a .22 caliber rifle with ammunition.
HOFFMAN has had numerous convictions, which include possession with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver cocaine, possession of cocaine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for a controlled substance.
“Without the assistance of local law enforcement, we could not locate and prosecute as many violators. We owe a great debt to local law enforcement who tirelessly work to bring cases such as this to the attention of my office, thereby, removing these criminals from our streets,” stated Mr. Holding.
Investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Fayetteville Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Ethan Ontjes served as prosecutor for the government.