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WEDNESDAY - May 15, 2008


WILMINGTON - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox sentenced SANDY RAY YARBOROUGH, 44, of Nashville, North Carolina, to 180 months’ imprisonment and five years supervised release following his confinement. Judge Fox also ordered restitution in the amount of $4,000.00.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on September 13, 2007.On February 4, 2008, YARBOROUGH pled guilty to conspiring to distribute and posses with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (crack) and more than 500 grams of cocaine.

On September 15, 2006, during a traffic stop of YARBOROUGH’s vehicle, the officer observed a pill bottle, pieces of foil, and a set of digital scales in the car. Upon searching of the vehicle, the officer found a bag containing 6.8 grams of crack.

On January 18, 2007, a controlled buy was coordinated. At YARBOROUGH’s residence $2,000 was given to YARBOROUGH to purchase an ounce of crack. The buyers were told to come back later for the crack. Upon their return, YARBOROUGH told them that he had hidden the crack off an exit ramp under a white towel. The buyers then traveled to that location where they found 47.7 grams of crack as described.

On January 25, 2007, another controlled buy was coordinated at YARBOROUGH’s residence to purchase an ounce of crack. As before, $2,000 was given to YARBOROUGH. YARBOROUGH instructed the buyers to meet him at another residence to pick-up the crack. Upon arriving at the residence, the transaction was completed, with YARBOROUGH giving 47.4 grams of crack to the buyer.

This case is part of an Eastforce investigation entitled Cold Wind in which 15 individuals have been prosecuted on drug and gun violations.

Investigation of the case was conducted by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Wilson Police Department, and the Sheriff’s Departments of Nash and Wilson Counties. Assistant United States Attorney Ethan Ontjes served as prosecutor for the government.


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