FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
MONDAY - January 26, 2009
LAGRANGE FELON PLEADS TO FIREARM AND HEROIN TRAFFICKING CHARGES
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court here today DARRYL CRESENDO PITTMAN, 41, of LaGrange, North Carolina pled guilty before United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, to unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924 and distribution of a quantity of heroin, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1).
A Criminal Information was filed on January 9, 2009. On July 9, 2008, a controlled buy was arranged in which 10 bindle bags of heroin were purchased from PITTMAN for $200. When PITTMAN was stopped by the police following the controlled buy, he had the money in the car with him under the seat. Further investigation revealed that on September 7, 2008, PITTMAN and his co-defendant, Emily Nicholi Webb, went to Wild Indian Gun Company, where PITTMAN instructed Webb on the type of firearm to purchase and then gave her the money for the purchase. Webb bought a Masterpiece Arms 9mm pistol and delivered it to PITTMAN. On October 12, 2007, again Webb, under the direction of PITTMAN, purchased a Haskell (Hi-Point) .45 caliber pistol from the Swop Shop and delivered it to PITTMAN.
Mr. Holding commented, “We take seriously those who have previous felony convictions but continue to possess firearms. We will continue to be aggressive in these prosecutions.”
For being a felon in possession of a firearm, PITMAN faces a maximum penalty of up to 10 years imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. If PITTMAN is deemed an Armed Career Criminal by the Court, he faces up to life imprisonment followed by five years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. The maximum penalty for the charge of distributing heroin, PITTMAN could receive up to 20 years imprisonment followed by up to three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $1,000,000.
Sentencing was set for the April 20, 2009, term of court.
Investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Jane Jackson served as prosecutor for the government.
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