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TUESDAY - April 21, 2009

PITT COUNTY DRUG DEALER RECEIVES PRISON TERM

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, sentenced OMAR DEQUAN THOMAS, 21, of Pitt County, North Carolina, to 60 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release. The Court also imposed restitution in the amount of $2,100.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on October 9, 2007. On October 10, 2008, THOMAS pled guilty to distributing more than five grams of cocaine base (crack) and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. On October 19, 2007, a controlled buy was arranged by law enforcement. Shortly after all parties arrived at the agreed upon location, THOMAS arrived with the cocaine. From November, 2007, to January, 2008, five more controlled buys were arranged with THOMAS. On December 18, 2007, during one of the controlled buys of cocaine, THOMAS also sold a .380 caliber handgun. On January 29, 2008, after the last drug transaction occurred, officers performed a vehicle stop on the car that THOMAS was a passenger. A search of THOMAS and the vehicle uncovered 6.5 grams of cocaine, 1.35 grams of marijuana and $876.00 in cash.

Mr. Holding commented, “As has been said many times before, we continue to identify and prosecute armed drug dealers in order to make the streets safer for our citizens and children. Drug dealers need to take heed, we will continue to prosecute those who bring illegal drugs and the accompanying crime to the neighborhoods in this district.”

Investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office. 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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