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WEDNESDAY - April 15, 2009

DUPLIN COUNTY WOMAN SENTENCED TO 9 ½ YEARS IN PRISON

FOR ILLEGAL DRUGS

WILMINGTON - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that yesterday in federal court Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox sentenced GINGER VANESSA EDWARDS, 37, of Duplin County, North Carolina, to 115 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release.

On October 24, 2007, investigators with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant on EDWARDS’ residence in Duplin County. During the search, officers found 33 grams of a substance containing methamphetamine. The investigation revealed that EDWARDS was responsible for distributing more than 80 kilograms of methamphetamine from 2000 until the time of her arrest. On October 6, 2008, EDWARDS pled guilty to a Criminal Information to possession with the intent to distribute more than five grams of actual methamphetamine.

This case was brought as part an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Operation entitled Fire Ants, investigating importers and mulit-level dealers of Mexican-made methamphetamine being imported into the eastern North Carolina.

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

News releases are available on the U. S. Attorney’s web page at www.usdoj.gov/usao/nce within 48 hours of release.

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