FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
MONDAY - February 23, 2009
HENDERSON MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO HEROIN CONSPIRACY AND
POSSESSION OF A FIREARM IN FURTHERANCE OF DRUG TRAFFICKING
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today WILLIAM CLEMENT CARROLL, JR., 40, of Henderson, North Carolina, pleaded guilty before United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle to a Criminal Indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a quantity of heroin in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841, and 846, and possession of a .38 Caliber revolver in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense. The Indictment was filed on December 18, 2008.
CARROLL admitted he participated in the heroin conspiracy from June 2008, until July 15, 2008, the date Henderson Police Department executed a search warrant at his home, and recovered approximately 36 dosages of heroin, $2,054.00, and other evidence of drug trafficking, including the firearm and ammunition. CARROLL was on house arrest and wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet for a prior conviction when the warrant was executed.
CARROLL’S criminal history includes a conviction for second degree murder, multiple convictions for felony possession of cocaine, and multiple misdemeanor assaults. He faces up to twenty years imprisonment, a fine of up to $1,000,000, and 3 years of supervised release following his term of confinement for his participation in the heroin conspiracy. He also faces a mandatory minimum of five years to be served consecutive to any other sentence imposed for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, a fine of up to $250,000.00, and five years supervised release following his term of confinement.
In response to this case, Mr. Holding stated, “One can’t help but be shocked by the brazenness of a drug trafficker who is conducting his illegal business while under house arrest with electronic monitoring. We look forward to sentencing in this case where the defendant’s brazenness can be met with the Court’s justice.”
Investigation of this case was conducted by the Henderson Police Department with cooperation from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Royster served as the prosecutor for the government.
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