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TUESDAY - September 16, 2008

DRUG DEALER SENTENCED TO 24 YEARS

NEW BERN - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday Chief United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced CHARLES ENNETT BEALON, JR., 26, of Wilmington, North Carolina, to 288 months’ imprisonment followed by five years of supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on April 10, 2008 charging one count of possession with intent to distribute more than five grams of cocaine base (crack). On June 3, 2008, BEALON pled guilty to the charge. On August 29, 2007, agents with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation were attempting to serve a federal indictment on another individual. Law enforcement attempted to stop a car driven by BEALON. BEALON failed to stop for the agents and violated several traffic laws. BEALON eventually collided with another vehicle at the intersection of Eastwood and Market Streets in Wilmington, North Carolina, after failing to stop at a red light.

United States Attorney Holding said, “This case illustrates how dangerous drug dealers are. Fortunately, good work by federal, state, and local law enforcement, and through federal sentencing laws, are getting people like this off the streets.”

This case was part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation entitled Seven Day Ground. This is an ongoing investigation. Thus far 14 defendants have pled guilty in federal court.

Investigation of the case was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. 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.

 

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