FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
WEDNESDAY - January 14, 2009
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court here today United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, sentenced TRAMAINE ANTIONE GARRISON, 26, of Hampstead, North Carolina, to 252 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release. The Court also imposed restitution in the amount of $6,000.
A Criminal Information was filed on March 7, 2008. On April 7, 2008, GARRISON pled guilty to conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute more than 50 grams of cocaine base (crack) and more than 500 grams of cocaine and possession of a firearm by a felon. On February 15, 2007, Pender County Sheriffs responded to a report of a burglary and shots fired at GARRISON’s residence. When deputies arrived, GARRISON greeted them and reported that three to four men forcibly entered his residence and one of the men starting shooting at him. GARRISON grabbed his shotgun and returned fire as he retreated into a closet. Investigation into the incident revealed that GARRISON was a convicted felon and had been identified as a drug dealer since December, 2000. Between February 26, 2007, and March 2, 2007, controlled purchases were arranged. On February 26, 2007, 250.2 grams of powder cocaine were purchased from GARRISON. The following day another controlled buy was made in which 193.2 grams of crack were purchased from GARRISON. On March 2, 2007, another controlled purchase was arranged in which 305.9 grams of crack and 568.3 grams of powder cocaine were seized.
Mr. Holding commented: “It has been stated before that the sale of illegal drugs brings with it other types of crime and violence. This case represents an example of that crime and violence. My office will continue to vigorously prosecute drug cases to eradicate this problem from our communities.”
GARRISON’s prior convictions include possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, receiving stolen goods or property, possession of stolen goods or property, and sell/delivery of scheduled II controlled substance.
This is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation entitled “Don Quixote” and is being conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation; the Pender County Sheriff’s Office and the Wilmington Police Department. 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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