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WEDNESDAY - April 29, 2009

LILLINGTON MAN RECEIVES 35 YEARS IN PRISON FOR DRUG CHARGES

WILMINGTON - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox sentenced MARCUS ANTONIO MCNEILL, 38, of Lillington, North Carolina, to 420 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on June 25, 2008. On January 30, 2009, a jury convicted MCNEILL of Count 1 of the Indictment, which charged conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute more than 50 grams of cocaine base (crack) and more than five kilograms of cocaine. On January 30, 2009, prior to jury deliberations, MCNEILL pled guilty to Count 5 of the Indictment, which charged distributing more than five grams of cocaine base (crack).

Information received through numerous cooperating defendants and controlled buys during the investigation revealed MCNEILL’s distribution of crack cocaine and powder cocaine in Harnett County and the surrounding area since July, 1991. Based upon the information received, it is estimated that MCNEILL sold 4.04 kilograms of cocaine and 13.65 kilograms of crack cocaine.

Mr. Holding commented, “The significant amount of time given the defendant by the Court is indicative of the seriousness of this offense. I want to commend the hard work of the investigators in this important case.”

Investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation; the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office; and the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Eric Goulian served as prosecutor for the government.

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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