FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
THURSDAY - January 22, 2009
FARMVILLE DRUG TRAFFICKER RECEIVES OVER 26 YEARS
FOR DRUG/GUN CRIMES
WILMINGTON - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox sentenced HENRY LAMONT REID, 38, of Farmville, North Carolina, to 322 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Superseding Criminal Indictment on May 22, 2008. On June 10, 2008, REID pled guilty to conspiring to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine and more than 50 grams of cocaine base (crack) and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. From April, 2004, to May, 2004, three controlled purchases, in varying amounts, were made from REID. On June 11, 2004, while serving REID with an arrest warrant, officers found him sitting in a chair on the front lawn of a residence in Farmville. Next to the chair, officers found a loaded High Point, .45 caliber pistol. Approximately 20 feet away, in a flower pot, 64 baggies containing 8.1 grams of crack were recovered.
Mr. Holding commented: “Drug trafficking – here, armed drug trafficking – continues to be one of the most serious issues facing our district. The Court’s lengthy sentence reflects our commitment to pursuing these offenders and the Court’s commitment to punishing them. Both our efforts and the Court’s sentence are designed to send a message to those offenders to stop.”
Investigation of the case was conducted by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Farmville Police Department, the Greenville Police Department and the Goldsboro Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Eric Goulian served as prosecutor for the government.
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