FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
THURSDAY - September 18, 2008
RALEIGH MAN SENTENCED TO 29 ½ YEARS FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
AND RELATED FIREARM CHARGE
WILMINGTON - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox sentenced CALVIN LAVAN CLARK, 29, of Raleigh, North Carolina, to 354 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on April 10, 2008. On June 6, 2008, CLARK pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of cocaine base (crack) and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. As part of the investigation, a controlled purchase was arranged with CLARK at his residence. A search was obtained and executed on October 4, 2007, in which 28 grams of powder cocaine and 97 grams of crack cocaine were seized. Also found in the residence was a Beretta .25 caliber firearm and ammunition along with a scale, packaging material, and large amount of cash.
“This sentence is a warning that the federal government takes drug trafficking crimes and gun crimes related to the trafficking of drugs very seriously. Please heed this warning: We will not tolerate these offenses in the Eastern District of North Carolina,”stated George Holding, United States Attorney.
Investigation of the case was conducted by the Raleigh Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Jason Cowley served as prosecutor for the government.
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