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MONDAY - April 27, 2009

ANOTHER DEFENDANT IN OPERATION DON QUIXOTE

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court on April 23, 2009 DEWAYNE CORNELIUS BROWN, 27, of Pender County, North Carolina, pled guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine. United States District Judge James C. Dever sentenced BROWN to 108 months’ imprisonment followed by four years supervised release.

Between February 1, 2008, and February 11, 2008, BROWN sold 55 grams of cocaine to an agent for the government in Holly Ridge, North Carolina. On February 19, 2008, officers conducted a search of BROWN’s residence and found a loaded AR-15 assault rifle. The investigation revealed that BROWN had been involved in the distribution of more than 15 kilograms of cocaine between 2003 and 2008.

This case was brought as a part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Operation entitled Don Quixote, investigating importers and multi-level dealers of cocaine and “crack” cocaine being imported into Eastern, North Carolina. The organization is responsible for the importation and distribution of more than 100 kilograms of cocaine into Eastern, North Carolina since 2003.

Mr. Holding commented, “This case was made possible by the combined efforts of the federal and state governments. As a result of this cooperation, an armed drug trafficker, responsible for the distribution of more than 30 pounds of cocaine, has been arrested, prosecuted, and sentenced.”

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations, the Wilmington Police Department, the Pender County Sheriff’s Department, the Holly Ridge Police Department, the Top Sail Police Department and the Surf City Police Department. Special Assistant United States Attorney Timothy Severo served as prosecutor for 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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