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THURSDAY - March 6, 2008


NEW BERN - United States Attorney George E. B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday Chief United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced DAVID CORNELL SPENCE, 47, of Elizabeth City, North Carolina, to 324 months’ imprisonment, 5 years supervised release and imposed a $6,000.00 fine.

On September 28, 2007, a Criminal Information was filed charging SPENCE with conspiring to distribute and possessing with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of cocaine base (crack). SPENCE pled guilty to the charge on November 15, 2007.

On June 13, 2007, officers with the North Carolina Probation and Parole Office and the Nash County Sheriff’s Department executed a state probation search warrant on SPENCE’s residence. Upon entering, agents found SPENCE and a female inside. During their search, agents seized a small amount of crack cocaine, digital scales, and an assortment of drug paraphernalia.

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


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