FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TUESDAY - January 6, 2008
HERTFORD MAN SENTENCED FOR DRUG VIOLATIONS
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court here today United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced CHRISTOPHER COOPER, 36, of Hertford, North Carolina, to 72 months’ imprisonment followed by five years of supervised release.
A Criminal Information was filed on September 4, 2008 charged COOPER with conspiring to distribute more than 50 grams of cocaine base (crack) and 500 grams of cocaine. On October 6, 2008, COOPER pled guilty to the charge. On May 22, 2007, Sheriff’s deputies with Pasquotank County, while investigating a robbery after which the suspects entered a nearby residence, went to that residence. Damone Key, previously charged and sentenced for drug and firearm possession in federal court, was questioned. COOPER was also questioned and, when asked to step outside, appeared to set something aside before exiting. Officers discovered a loaded handgun on the bathroom floor, where COOPER had been, and marijuana in a bedroom. A search warrant was executed and $685, multiple rounds of ammunition, marijuana, and powder and crack cocaine were seized. Further investigation revealed that COOPER would make all the “white” sales and that a third individual would pay COOPER $200 a week to guard the trailer. Approximately four to five kilograms were sold in the three to four months prior to the search. It was further learned that COOPER had taken part in narcotics deliveries on several occasions from the beginning of 2007 until the search in May, 2007.
“I want to commend the work of the investigators in this case. Their keen observations, fast action, and diligence paid off and allowed them to uncover a significant offender. They deserve our sincere thanks,” commended Mr. Holding.
Investigation of the case was conducted by the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Ethan Ontjes served as prosecutor for the government.
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