FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
THURSDAY - October 9, 2008
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court here today after a three-day trial a federal jury convicted HASSAN GENELL HINES, 39, of Raleigh, North Carolina, of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1); possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1); possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of cocaine base (crack) and a quantity of cocaine (powder), in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1); maintaining a dwelling while distributing a controlled substance, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 856(a)(1), and use of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 924(c)(1)(A)(I) and (C)(I).
A Federal Grand Jury returned an Indictment on November 8, 2007. On January 24, 2006, a search warrant was executed at HINES’ residence where a Glock, .40 caliber, Model 27 pistol; a Glock .40 caliber, Model 22 pistol; and a Smith & Wesson .45 caliber, Model 29-5, along with a safe with cash, two digital scales and various sizes and amounts of ammunition relative to the weapons found. Also found were powder cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana.
Mr. Holding stated, “We are pleased with the jury’s verdict Our office’s commitment to ridding our communities of drug dealers with guns is unflagging.”
Investigation of the case was conducted by the Raleigh Police Department. Assistant United States Attorneys Thomas Murphy and Jennifer Wells served as prosecutor for the government.
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