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TUESDAY - September 9, 2008


RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court here yesterday Senior United States District Judge W. Earl Britt sentenced JOHN ANTHONY PETERSON, 27, to 420 months’ imprisonment followed by 10 years of supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Superseding Criminal Indictment on December 12, 2007. On April 10, 2008, a federal jury found PETERSON guilty on all six counts of conspiring to distribute and possessing with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of cocaine base (crack); distributing more than five grams of cocaine base (crack); distributing more than 50 grams of cocaine base (crack); possessing with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of cocaine (crack), a quantity of cocaine, a quantity of marijuana and a quantity of 3.4 Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA or Ecstasy); possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; and being a felon in possession of firearms.

In February, 2007, two controlled purchases of crack cocaine were made. In March, 2007, a search of PETERSON’s residence revealed crack cocaine, cocaine, marijuana, and MDMA. Also found during the search were four firearms; a Sportarms .38 caliber handgun, a .45 caliber Ruger P90DC handgun, a Jennings 9 mm handgun, and a Norinco SKS 7.62 x 39 assault rifle.

Mr. Holding commented: “The defendant in this case is a repeat violent offender who has thumbed his nose at the law. Today’s sentence is designed to end his criminal career and to serve as a warning to others following the same path.”

PETERSON has several convictions that include larceny, resisting a public officer, involuntary manslaughter, and sell and deliver of marijuana.

Investigation of the case was conducted by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the Greenville Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Eric Goulian served as prosecutor for the government.


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