FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
THURSDAY - October 9, 2008
WILMINGTON - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court here yesterday Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox sentenced two brothers for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine. DONALD TAYLOR, 29, of St. Pauls, North Carolina, was sentenced to 360 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release. CEDRIC TAYLOR, 24, also of St. Pauls, North Carolina, received 240 months’ imprisonment followed by five years of supervised release, as well as imposition of an $11,000 fine. DONALD TAYLOR had plead guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute more than 50 grams of cocaine base (crack) and CEDRIC TAYLOR was convicted of the same following a jury trial earlier this year. In addition, the same jury found both brothers guilty of tampering with, and aiding and abetting the tampering of, a witness.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Superseding Criminal Indictment on January 23, 2008. On August 4, 2006, a search warrant was executed at a trailer witnesses believed was connected to DONALD TAYLOR. Upon entering the trailer, officers noticed the kitchen appeared to be arranged as a place to conduct narcotic transactions. A table and chair were located in front of a window which looked out upon the only road into the area, body armor was draped over the back of a chair, and loaded firearms were found on top of the refrigerator and the top of a nearby cabinet. Various drug paraphernalia, digital scales, and several fliers advertising the sale and distribution of crack cocaine were also found, along with marijuana, crack cocaine and 17 unidentified white tablets. During the search, officers noticed activity at a residence across the street and went to investigate. While speaking with the resident, DONALD’s girlfriend, officers noticed a small quantity of cocaine on top of the refrigerator. A search of that residence revealed cocaine base, 10 unidentified white tablets, digital scales, ammunition, and United States currency.
DONALD and CEDRIC later suspected a member of the conspiracy had become an informant for law enforcement. On January 15, 2007, DONALD and CEDRIC confronted the adult niece of the suspected informant. During the questioning about her uncle, a rifle, plastic ties for handcuffing purposes, a plastic bag, and a role of electrical tape were displayed with the purpose of intimidating the suspected informant.
Witnesses at trial testified to almost constant traffic at several “spots,” or “traps,” homes used by the TAYLORs in the Cumberland and Robeson County areas to sell crack cocaine. According to the testimony, the TAYLORs sold crack cocaine at least from 2002 into 2007, when DONALD TAYLOR was arrested on these charges.
On January 23, 2007, a final search warrant was executed on DONALD’s house, which yielded a loaded firearm, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, as well as the plastic ties described by the niece as used in her interaction with the TAYLORS.
Investigation of the case was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Cumberland County Bureau of Narcotics, and the Fayetteville Police Department.
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