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THURSDAY - April 23, 2009

LUMBERTON DRUG TRAFFICKER RECEIVES 18 YEARS IN PRISON

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, sentenced MUHAMMAD ABDUL RAHMAN, 33, of Lumberton, North Carolina, to 216 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release.

A two-count Criminal Information was filed on October 29, 2008. On November 17, 2008, RAHMAN pled guilty to conspiring to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute more than 50 grams of cocaine base and 500 grams of cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

In July, 2008, Lumberton Police learned that RAHMAN and Isabella Brockington, also charged with a drug offense, were selling crack cocaine from Brockington’s residence. After substantiating the information, on July 27, 2008, a search warrant was executed at the residence. RAHMAN was found with 16.8 grams of crack cocaine, 27.8 grams of powder cocaine, 13 prescription pills containing oxycodone, a Leinad Incorporated .410/.45 pistol, a Kimber .45 caliber pistol, and a Sterling Mark III 380 pistol, along with digital scales and U.S. currency. RAHMAN indicated that he and his associates had been traveling to New York for the past two years to pickup kilogram quantities of cocaine. He admitted to cooking up the cocaine into crack and selling it in ounce quantities in Lumberton.

Mr. Holding stated, “Here is an example of how easily illegal drugs travel between states. In order to continue our fight against illegal drugs, it is imperative that all law enforcement agencies, at all levels, across all state boundaries, work together. This case is an example of that teamwork.”

Investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Lumberton Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Ethan Ontjes served as prosecutor for the government.

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