FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
WEDNESDAY - MAY 14, 2008
DUPLIN COUNTY MAN SENTENCED FOR METH DISTRIBUTION
WILMINGTON - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox sentenced NOE MOLINA BENITEZ, 45, of Duplin County, North Carolina, to 150 months’ imprisonment and four years supervised release following his term of confinement.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on December 12, 2007.On February 4, 2008, BENITEZ pled guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture containing Methamphetamine and distribution of 5 grams or more of Methamphetamine.
Between October 5, 2006, and October 24, 2006, BENITEZ sold approximately 83 grams of a mixture containing Methamphetamine to an agent for the government. The investigation revealed that BENITEZ had delivered between one and two pounds of actual Methamphetamine from June, 2006, until November, 2006. BENITEZ had one of his children present during some of the drug transactions. At the time of his arrest BENITEZ was a fugitive from justice from the State of Florida for a charge of trafficking in cocaine of more than 400 grams.
“Meth is a powerful stimulant that is highly addictive, which is why the meth problem continues to grow in this country. This case, while only one in a significant number of like cases, is a step in the right directions to solving the meth problem,” stated Mr. Holding.
This case is part of an Eastforce Operation entitled “Fire Ants.” The drug organization under investigation was responsible for distributing methamphetamine to Duplin and Pender Counties. Investigation of the case was conducted by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations, the Beulaville Police Department, and Lenior County Sheriff’s Department. The United States was represented by Special Assistant United States Attorney Timothy Severo. Mr. Severo is a prosecutor with the New Hanover District Attorney’s Office. District Attorney Ben David has assigned him to the United States Attorney’s Office to prosecute federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force criminal matters. This has been made possible by a grant funded by the Governor’s Crime Commission and the New Hanover County Commissioners.
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