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MONDAY - July 28, 2008

NEW BERN - United States Attorney George E. B. Holding announced today that on Thursday, July 24, 2008, a federal jury sitting in New Bern, North Carolina found MARTREY ANTWAIN NEWBY a/k/a “Trey” guilty on six counts relating to his distribution of crack cocaine in the New Bern, North Carolina area.

The jury found NEWBY guilty on conspiring with others to possess with the intent to distribute fifty (50) grams or more of cocaine base (crack) from October 2006 to May 2007, and five additional counts of possessing with the intent to distribute cocaine base (crack) which resulted from digital video-recorded controlled purchases of cocaine base (crack) from NEWBY conducted by the New Bern Police Department on (1) November 27, 2006, (2) November 29, 2006 (3) December 1, 2006, (4) January 10, 2007 and (5) February 7, 2007.

Testimony heard during the trial from one of NEWBY’S co-conspirators indicated NEWBY had purchased at least two kilograms of crack cocaine from him in late 2006 and had an estimated street value of $100,000.00. Other testimony indicated NEWBY had used at least four residences in the New Bern, North Carolina to store and distribute crack cocaine.

Mr. Holding pointed out that, “The dedication of our state and local law enforcement continues as they seek to identify and apprehend drug traffickers in our communities. Without their assistance, federal prosecution would not be possible. Our gratitude for their hard work and tireless efforts many times go unnoticed. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase their fine work and thank them for it.”

NEWBY faces 240 months to life imprisonment, a $4,000,000.00 fine, five years supervised release, and $600.00 special assessment.

Investigation of the case was conducted by the New Bern Police Department and North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorneys Joshua Royster and Frank Bradsher handled this matter for the United States.


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