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THURSDAY - February 12, 2009


RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court here on Tuesday, February 10, 2009, two Duplin County drug traffickers were sentenced. JIMMY JERALD BROWN and HERBERT LINWOOD THOMAS, both 29, and both of Wallace, North Carolina, each received 132 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on July 30, 2008. Both THOMAS and BROWN pled guilty to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute and distribute more than 50 grams of cocaine base (crack), on October 6, 2008, and November 3, 2008, respectively. On January 24, 2008, officers with the Duplin County Sheriff’s Department stopped THOMAS and BROWN as they were attempting to arrange a drug transaction in Duplin County. Officers found a stolen .358 magnum handgun in the vehicle.

Between February 15, 2008, and February 28, 2008, THOMAS sold approximately 220 grams of cocaine base (crack) to an undercover officer on Ethel Boney Lane in Duplin County. BROWN was present for three of the sales and acted as a lookout and provided protection.

THOMAS and BROWN were part of a drug organization that was responsible for distributing over 150 kilograms of cocaine from 2005 and 2008.

Mr. Holding commented: “I want to commend the work of the investigators involved in this case. This organization distributed more than 300 pounds of cocaine during a three-year period. The elimination of the traffickers is an important step in our effort to deal with our district’s drug problem.”

Investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation; and the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office. Special Assistant United States Attorney Timothy Severo represented 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.


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