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TUESDAY - September 16, 2008

GREENVILLE MAN SENTENCED TO OVER 12 YEARS
FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING OFFENSES

NEW BERN - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday Chief United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced JERALD LOUIS WHITLEY, 29, of Greenville, North Carolina, to 153 months’ imprisonment.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on December 20, 2007. On April 7, 2008, WHITLEY pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Agents with the Greenville Drug Task Force made four controlled purchases of cocaine from WHITLEY prior to December 7, 2006. On December 7, 2006, an order for four ounces of cocaine was placed with WHITLEY. Later that day, officers executed a search warrant at WHITLEY’s residence where they found WHITLEY at the kitchen table packaging 94 grams of cocaine. Also found in the residence was a 9mm Bryco/Jennings pistol and $842. The investigation found that the conspiracy dated back to April, 2006.

WHITLEY’s prior convictions include possession with intent to distribute MDMA (ecstasy), speeding to elude arrest, assault with a deadly weapon, driving while impaired and possession of marijuana.

United State Attorney Holding stated, “This case typifies our drug unit’s efforts to remove dangerous drug dealers from our midst so our communities will be safer.”

Investigation of the case was conducted by the Greenville Drug Task Force. Special Assistant United States Attorney Glenn Perry was the assigned Prosecutor.Mr. Perry is a prosecutor with the Pitt County District Attorney’s Office.District Attorney Clark Everett 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.

 

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