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MONDAY - July 13, 2009

GREENVILLE DRUG TRAFFICKER SENTENCED

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 W. Flanagan, sentenced TORRENCE DEVON APPLEWHITE, 30, of Greenville, North Carolina, to 180 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on September 10, 2008. On March 16, 2009, APPLEWHITE pled guilty to Count One of the Indictment which charged conspiring to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute more than 50 grams of cocaine base (crack) and more than five kilograms of cocaine and Count Six of the Indictment that charged possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

The drug distribution investigation of APPLEWHITE began in 2004 when information was received regarding his activities. From December, 2006, to February, 2008, four controlled buys were initiated in which a total of 13.88 grams of powder cocaine and 13.28 grams of crack cocaine were purchased from APPLEWHITE. On February 7, 2008, a search warrant was executed at APPLEWHITE’s residence. APPLEWHITE was apprehended by officers while attempting to flush 55.5 grams of crack cocaine and 91.2 grams of powder cocaine down the toilet. Digital scales, plastic baggies and other drug packaging items, along with a loaded shotgun, were located during the search.

Investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigators; the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office and the Greenville Police Department. Special Assistant United States Attorney William Glenn Perry was the assigned Prosecutor.Mr. Perry is a prosecutor with the Pitt County District Attorney’s Office.District Attorney Clark Everett 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.

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