FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
FRIDAY - October 24, 2008
ILLEGAL ALIEN RESIDING IN WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA
SENTENCED FOR CONSPIRING TO DISTRIBUTE COCAINE
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court here today United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, sentenced ALEJANDRO GARCIA-HERNANDEZ, 36, an illegal alien residing in the Wilmington, North Carolina, area, to 120 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on April 23, 2008. At his arraignment, on July 7, 2008, GARCIA-HERNANDEZ pled guilty to the charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. On July 27, 2007, the Pender County Sheriff’s Officer received information that a large amount of cocaine was being brought into Pender County for distribution and a meeting for a drug transaction with GARCIA-HERNANDEZ at a store in Rocky Point had been arranged. At the appointed time a vehicle, with GARCIA-HERNANDEZ as a passenger, arrived. A traffic stop was conducted and a search of the vehicle revealed three kilogram of cocaine and a .45 handgun. Both GARCIA-HERNANDEZ and the driver of the vehicle were arrested. GARCIA-HERNANDEZ’ residence was later searched where more cocaine was found. The investigation, entitled Don Quixote, further revealed that GARCIA-HERNANDEZ had received a total of 12 kilograms of cocaine from a Raleigh source for distribution in Wilmington.
Mr. Holding stated, “Armed drug traffickers pose a very serious risk to our communities. Here, an armed trafficker with more than six pounds of cocaine was apprehended and prosecuted due to the good work of the ATF, the Pender County Sheriffs and the Wilmington Police,” stated Mr. Holding.
Investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Pender County Sheriff’s Office, and the Wilmington Police Department. Special Assistant United States Attorney Timothy Severo prosecuted the case. Mr. Severo is a prosecutor with the New Hanover District Attorney’s Office. District Attorney Ben David has assigned him to the United States Attorney’s Office to prosecute federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force criminal matters. This has been made possible by a grant funded by the Governor’s Crime Commission and the New Hanover County Commissioners.
News releases are available on the U. S. Attorney’s web page at www.usdoj.gov/usao/nce within 48 hours of release.