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THURSDAY - May 29, 2008


WILMINGTON - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that yesterday in federal court Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox sentenced DONALD MARK WINBORNE, 40, of Wilson, North Carolina, to 160 months’ imprisonment and 5 years supervised release following his term of confinement for conspiring to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of cocaine base (crack), more than 500 grams of cocaine, and a quantity of marijuana and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. Judge Fox also imposed a fine of $2,900 and restitution in the amount of $5,450.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on September 13, 2007.On December 11, 2007, WINBORNE pled guilty. On April 7, 2006, the Wilson County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit received information that cocaine was being distributed from WINBORNE’s residence located in Wilson, North Carolina. Agents went to the residence to conduct an interview. Consent to search his property was given. During the search, 504.3 grams of cocaine from WINBORNE’s vehicle was seized, as well as drug packaging material, surveillance equipment and night vision equipment from the residence. Consent was also given to search a barn at Winborne Farms. During the search, 355 grams of cocaine, 552.5 grams of marijuana, digital scales and packaging materials were seized. Between February, 2007, and August, 2007, numerous controlled buys were conducted in which varying amounts of crack cocaine were purchased along with firearms including a stolen Vector Arms, .223, model V-93 assault rifle; a stolen Arsenal Bulgaria, 7.62x39 rifle with banana clip; a Century Arms .308 rifle with scope; and a Taurus .357 handgun. Further information was obtained that between November, 2005, and May, 2006, WINBORNE purchased approximately 2 kilograms of cocaine and 20 pounds of marijuana.

“Law enforcement officers should be commended for their diligence in removing these drugs and weapons from the streets,” commended Mr. Holding.

This is part of an Eastforce investigation entitled, Cold Wind, in which approximately 16 individuals have been prosecuted on drug and firearms charges.

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


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