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MONDAY - October 6, 2008


RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced today that in federal court today before United States Judge W. Earl Britt, JOSEPH ANTHONY MORRIS, 27, of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina was sentenced to 150 months imprisonment.

On May 22, 2008, a criminal information was filed charging one count of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of cocaine base (crack) and more than five kilograms of cocaine powder. On July 7, 2008, MORRIS entered his guilty plea. This case is part of an ongoing investigation being conducted by local, state, and federal authorities targeting multiple mid-level drug traffickers located in and around the Halifax County, North Carolina area. MORRIS has been in federal custody since May 15, 2008. The investigation, led by the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, revealed that MORRIS conspired with others to distribute cocaine base (crack) from early 2004, until May, 2008 when he was arrested on a Criminal Complaint. MORRIS was captured on video distributing 56.9 grams of cocaine base (crack) and 58.3 grams of cocaine powder to another individual cooperating with law enforcement in exchange for $3,650, which funds were provided by law enforcement. As part of the sentence, MORRIS has paid all of the $3,650 back to law enforcement and turned over an additional $2,991 in drug proceeds.

In response to the case, Mr. Holding stated, “The dedication of our state and local law enforcement continues as they seek to identify and apprehend drug traffickers in our communities. Without their assistance, federal prosecution would not be possible. Our gratitude for their hard work and tireless efforts many times go unnoticed. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase their fine work and thank them for it.”

Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Royster served as the prosecutor for the government.


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