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THURSDAY - October 9, 2008

MEMBERS OF MAJOR DRUG ORGANIZATION SENTENCED

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court on Tuesday, October 7 and Wednesday, October 8, Senior United States District Judge Fox and Chief United States Judge Flanagan sentenced three defendants from two related Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigations entitled Untouchable and Hornet’s Nest. DARYL LAMONT GLOVER, of St. Paul’s, North Carolina, received 420 months’ imprisonment followed by 5 years supervised release; LEE ALBERT GREENE, 27, of Fairmont, North Carolina received 168 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release; and FILIMON ACOSTA-LOPEZ, 32, an illegal alien, received 111 months’ imprisonment followed by five years of supervised release. At the conclusion of his active sentence, ACOSTA-LOPEZ will be subject to deportation.

On December 4, 2006, DEA agents from North Carolina and Dallas, Texas, with North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Cumberland County Bureau of Narcotics, and others, seized 134.7 kilograms of cocaine and over $1.5 million in cash from a tractor-trailer truck parked in Robeson County. Investigation revealed GLOVER, whose drug trafficking organization was then already under investigation for the receipt and distribution of hundreds of kilograms of cocaine, crack, and marijuana from as early as 1998, was the intended recipient of that cocaine which had been shipped from Texas. GLOVER was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury as a result.

In June 2007, executing the warrant for GLOVER’s arrest, law enforcement found GLOVER with members of yet a different drug trafficking organization based out of Texas. GREENE and ACOSTA-LOPEZ were arrested with GLOVER, and then charged by Federal Grand Jury on March 26, 2008. At the scene of the arrests of the three, officers seized nearly one kilogram of crack, 475 pounds of marijuana, and approximately $12,000 in cash.

Mr. Holding commented, “This investigation reveals how North Carolina has become a significant transhipment point for domestic and international drug trafficking organizations and it shows how inter-related these groups are. These significant sentencings are designed to send a message to those organizations that we will continue to pursue you, seize your drugs and money, and we will not stop until you do.”

Investigation of the cases was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration–Wilmington, the North Carolina Highway Patrol, the Cumberland County Bureau of Narcotics, Fayetteville Police Department, as well as the Drug Enforcement Administration–Dallas, Texas and Drug Enforcement Administration–Corpus Christi, Texas.

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