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THURSDAY - July 9, 2009

ANOTHER OPERATION Don Quixote SENTENCING

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, sentenced KUNTA KENTA REDD, 31, of Pender County, North Carolina, to 324 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release.

REDD pled guilty to a Criminal Information that was filed on April 16, 2008, charging REDD with conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (crack) and a quantity of cocaine.

On February 27, 2007, REDD sold defendant Derrick Oliver 193 grams of cocaine base in Pender County. Oliver and another defendant, Demetreus Biggett, were stopped by law enforcement after leaving REDD’s business in Pender County.

On March 28, 2007, officers from Pender County Sheriff’s Office stopped REDD for a traffic violation. REDD was observed hiding cocaine as he was being approached by law enforcement.

On January 12, 2009, REDD sold a quantity of crack cocaine to an agent for the government in Pender County.

The investigation uncovered that REDD was responsible for distributing and possessing with the intent to distribute approximately 2,000 grams of crack cocaine and 3,500 grams of cocaine from 2006 until 2007.

Oliver was sentenced on August 6, 2008, and received 192 months’ imprisonment, while Biggett was sentenced on June 11, 2008, and received 54 months’ imprisonment.

Mr. Holding commented, “I want to commend the work of the investigators in this case. The defendant is a prolific dealer of illegal drugs and this sentence, based in their hard work, terminated this defendant’s drug trafficking career.”

This case was brought as a part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Operation entitled Don Quixote, investigating importers and multi-level dealers of cocaine and “crack” cocaine being imported into Eastern, North Carolina. The organization is responsible for the importation and distribution of more than 100 kilograms of cocaine into Eastern, North Carolina since 2003.

The investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Streets Division; the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation; the North Carolina Highway Patrol; Pender County Sheriff’s Department; Duplin County Sheriff’s Department; New Hanover Sheriff’s Department; Holly Ridge Police Department; Surf City Police Department; Top Sail Police Department; and the Wilmington Police Department. Special Assistant United States Attorney Timothy Severo served as prosecutor for 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.

News releases are available on the U. S. Attorney’s web page at www.usdoj.gov/usao/nce within 48 hours of release.

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