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MONDAY - July 13, 2009

WILMINGTON DRUG TRAFFICKER RECEIVES PRISON SENTENCE

NEW BERN - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court on Friday, July 10, 2009, Chief United States District Judge Louise B. Flanagan sentenced ROBERT LEON GRAY, 28, of Wilmington, North Carolina, to 210 months’ imprisonment followed by five years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute more than five grams of cocaine base (crack) and a quantity of heroin.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on October 24, 2008. On December 3, 2008, GRAY pled guilty.

On July 17, 2006, detectives with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Department had an interaction with GRAY after they served a search warrant at an apartment in the area of the Seahawk Square apartments in Wilmington, North Carolina. A search of the rental car which had been driven by GRAY uncovered five grams of cocaine base, a small quantity of heroin, $650.00, and GRAY’s identification. The investigation revealed that GRAY had been responsible for possessing with intent to distribute approximately 662 grams of crack cocaine.

This case was brought as part of an EASTFORCE Operation entitle, Man O’ War, investigating distributors of crack cocaine and heroin being imported into Eastern North Carolina.

Investigation of the case was conducted by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Department, the Onslow County Sheriff’s Department, and the Wilmington Police Department. Special Assistant United States Attorney Timothy Severo represented the Government and Assistant United States Attorney Brian S. Meyers. 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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