FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TUESDAY - September 16, 2008
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court here today United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced BENJAMIN TERRENCE HINES, 32, of Raleigh, North Carolina, to 168 months’ imprisonment.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on November 7, 2007. On April 8, 2008, HINES pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than five grams of cocaine, distribution and possession with intent to distribute more than five grams of cocaine base (crack) and a quantity of cocaine, and distribution and possession with intent to distribute more than five grams of cocaine base (crack). From 2002 through 2007, HINES and his brother and co-defendant, Hassan Genell Hines, were responsible for distributing cocaine and marijuana in the Raleigh area. In December 2005, state authorities received information regarding the HINES’ illicit drug organization. From April 2007, to June 2007, several controlled purchases of cocaine were made from HINES. From December 2005, through January 2006, several search warrants were executed on residences in the Raleigh area that were related to the case.
“Our office will continue to work closely with state and local authorities to remove drug dealers like this from our communities,” stated United States Attorney George Holding.
Investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Raleigh Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Thomas Murphy served as prosecutor for the government.
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