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THURSDAY - April 2, 2009

ANOTHER DEFENDANT SENTENCED IN OPERATION FIRE ANTS

WILMINGTON - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court on March 31, 2009, Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox, sentenced HUMBERTO RODRIGUEZ-CRUZ, 33, of Duplin County, North Carolina, to 76 months imprisonment to be served consecutively to a state sentence that he is serving in North Carolina followed by five years supervised release.

On August 8, 2007, RODRIGUEZ-CRUZ sold 56 grams of a substance containing methamphetamine to an agent for the government. On December 9, 2008, RODRIGUEZ-CRUZ pled guilty to a July 30, 2008, Indictment charging him with distribution of more than 5 grams of methamphetamine.

This case was brought as a part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Operation entitled Fire Ants, investigating multi-level dealers and importers of Mexican-Made methamphetamine in Eastern North Carolina. The investigation has revealed the organization has been responsible for the distribution of over 75 kilograms of methamphetamine.

Mr. Holding commented, “Even with recent success at the federal, state and local level, in attacking the meth problem we continue to see meth traffickers in the Eastern District. Prosecution of these matters is important to our effort as we hold the line against meth traffickers.”

Investigation of the case was conducted by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, Duplin County Sheriff’s Office, Beaulaville Police Department. Special Assistant United States Attorney Timothy Severo represented the Government and Assistant United States Attorney Brian S. Meyers. 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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