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THURSDAY - April 30, 2009

ROSEBORO MAN SENTENCED IN OPERATION JUICED OUT

WILMINGTON - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court on April 28, 2009, Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox, sentenced STEVEN MCCLENNY, 52, of Roseboro, North Carolina, to 170 months’ imprisonment followed by three years supervised release. The Court also imposed restitution in the amount of $5,055.89.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on August 13, 2008. On December 9, 2008, MCCLENNY pled guilty to conspiring to distribute and possessing with intent to distribute five grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine.

This case is part of the investigation entitled Juiced Out targeting the methamphetamine trafficking problem in Sampson County in which Craig Hobbs is considered the lynch pin. On October 16, 2007, officers with the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation responded to a fire at the residence of a family member of MCCLENNY’s. The fire destroyed the residence. Officers were told that MCCLENNY had been making drugs earlier in the day and that MCCLENNY and some of his friends had been seen carrying jugs, tubing and Coleman fuel into the woods. Officers located the makings of a meth lab on the property during the course of the investigation. A propane tank that tested positive for anhydrous ammonia, a key ingredient in methamphetamine, was there with identifying initials on it. There was also a refrigerator containing waste materials from a meth cook; the fumes from which required one of the agents to be treated for exposure by EMS. Officers later learned that the anhydrous came from Hobbs and that for a gallon of anhydrous, Hobbs would charge two or three eight-balls of meth. It was also learned that the identifying initials were placed on the tank found at the scene so that it would not be confused with another tank of anhydrous that was being delivered to Sam Faircloth, a co-conspirator, who was sentenced in February, 2009.

Mr. Holding commented, “The facts of this case are a stark reminder of the dangers associated with the manufacture of illegal drugs. While the government’s evidence does not directly tie the fire which destroyed the home to the illegal production of methamphetamine, the destruction which was part of this case is a common result of the production of methamphetamine. Those who would engage in this type of illegal conduct need to be aware, not only of the serious penalties you face if prosecuted, but of the danger to life and limb from your crime.”

Investigation of the case was conducted by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Sampson County Probation Office and the Sampson County Sheriff’s Department. Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Wells served as prosecutor for the government.

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