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THURSDAY - July 9, 2009

OPERATION DON QUIXOTE DEFENDANT RECEIVES SENTENCE

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, sentenced BRIAN LAMONT KING, 36, of Wilmington, North Carolina, to two concurrent 114-months prison terms followed by five years supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on January 29, 2009. On April 6, 2009, KING pled guilty to distributing more than five grams of cocaine base (crack) and a quantity of cocaine and an additional count of distributing a quantity of cocaine.

On June 24, 2008, KING sold 61 grams of cocaine to an agent for the government in New Hanover County.

On July 2, 2008, KING sold 25 grams of crack and 27 grams of cocaine to an agent for the government in New Hanover County.

KING has prior convictions for voluntary manslaughter, two separate counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, maintaining a vehicle or place for the violation of the controlled substance act and possession of cocaine.

This case was brought as a part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Operation entitled Don Quixote, investigating importers and distributers of cocaine, “crack” cocaine, and heroin being imported into Eastern North Carolina. The organization is responsible for the importation and distribution of more than 200 kilograms of cocaine, 45 kilograms of crack cocaine and one kilogram of heroin into Eastern North Carolina since 2003.

Mr. Holding commented, “We applaud the Court’s sentence in this matter. This defendant was part of an organization that distributed more than 400 pounds of cocaine, more than 100 pounds of crack cocaine, and a large quantity of heroin into the communities of the Eastern District of North Carolina. This sentence, as well as other sentences imposed in this investigation, is a fitting response to the harm caused by members of this conspiracy.”

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.

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