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MONDAY - July 20, 2009

MOUNT OLIVE DRUG TRAFFICKER SENTENCED TO 14 ½ YEARS IN PRISON

WILMINGTON - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court on July 16, 2009, United States Senior District Judge James C. Fox sentenced BULMARO BRITO MORALES, 33, of Mount Olive, North Carolina, to 175 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release.

On January 29, 2009, a Federal Grand Jury returned a Superseding Criminal Indictment. On March 30, 2009, MORALES pled guilty to conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute more than 500 grams of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine.

The investigation revealed that MORALES was responsible for distributing more than 82,000 grams of methamphetamine in Eastern North Carolina between 2006 and 2008. At the time, MORALES was arrested in Bladen County he was in possession of 14 grams of methamphetamine.

This case was brought as a part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Operation entitled Fire Ants, investigating importers and the multi-level distribution of methamphetamine. The organization is responsible for the importation and distribution of more than 100 kilograms of methamphetamine into Eastern North Carolina since 2005. To date, a total of 12 people have plead guilty and been sentenced in Federal Court.

Mr. Holding commented, “In the last two or three years we have seen an increase in the use and distribution of methamphetamine. Central and South American drug organizations are increasing their supply of this drug. As seen, investigators’ and prosecutors’ resources are being focused on this problem. This case is a small part of that effort.”

Investigation of this case was conducted by the North Carolina States Bureau of Investigations, Bureau Of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Bladen County Sheriff’s Department, Duplin County Sheriff’s Office, Beaullaville Police Department, Pender County Sheriff’s Department, and the North Carolina Department of Community Corrections. Special Assistant United States Attorney Timothy Severo and Assistant United States Attorney Brian Meyers represented 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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