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FRIDAY - July 11, 2008

CHARLOTTE DRUG DEALER SENTENCED TO 30 YEARS IN PRISON

NEW BERN - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court Chief United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced LEWIS CARNELL JACKSON, 32, of Charlotte, North Carolina, to 360 months’ imprisonment and five years supervised release following his term of confinement.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Superseding Indictment on May 14, 2008.In April, 2008, JACKSON was found guilty after a jury trial on all four counts of the Superseding Indictment, which charged conspiring to distribute and possession with intent to distribute a quantity of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute a quantity of marijuana, carry and use of a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime, and possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a crime punishable by a term of imprisonment of more than one year. On February 22, 2007, Raleigh Police Department received information regarding the sell of marijuana. A controlled purchase was arranged at a McDonald’s in Raleigh. A vehicle arrived and the occupants were identified as those to be transporting the marijuana. A search of the vehicle resulted in the recovery of three pounds of marijuana and a loaded Bryco Jennings 9mm handgun along with a set of digital scales and $3,871 in United States currency. On March 24, 2007, during a routine traffic stop, a search of the vehicle in which JACKSON was driving with an revoked license, found an undetermined amount of marijuana and a stole .380 caliber handgun.

JACKSON’s prior convictions include sale and delivery of cocaine, assault on a government official, possession of cocaine, and possession of marijuana.

“The work that our local law enforcement perform in removing violent drug dealers from our street is crucial. Mr. Jackson has received a substantial prison term that will make the community safer by removing him from it for many years,” commented Mr. Holding of this case.

Investigation of the case was conducted by the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office and the Raleigh Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Ethan Ontjes served as prosecutor for the government.

 

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