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THURSDAY - June 12, 2008

RALEIGH MAN GOING TO PRISON ON DRUG/GUN CHARGES

WILMINGTON - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court on June 10, 2008, Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox sentenced GEORGE WASHINGTON GRAHAM, 29, of Raleigh, North Carolina, to 96 months’ imprisonment and five years supervised release following his term of confinement for being in possession with the intent to distribute more than 50 grams of cocaine base (crack) and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

On February 14, 2008, a Criminal Information was filed charging GRAHAM and on March 3, 2008, he pled guilty to the charges.

On February 1, 2007, a controlled buy was set up after it was learned that GRAHAM was trafficking in cocaine. Following the controlled buy, a traffic stop was performed where .5 grams of cocaine was found on GRAHAM and 33.9 grams of crack was found in a hollowed out compartment of a computer. A search warrant for GRAHAM’s residence was obtained and 167.6 grams of cocaine, 74.5 grams of crack a small back of marijuana, $4,490, and a stolen loaded .38 caliber Smith and Wesson Revolver were found.

Mr. Holding noted: “Many in our communities seem to believe crack cocaine trafficking is reduced or is somehow less important. Crack cocaine continues to plague North Carolina and my office, working with investigators across the federal district, will continue to aggressively pursue these offenders.”

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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