FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TUESDAY - July 21, 2009
GREENVILLE ILLEGAL DRUG DISTRIBUTOR RECEIVES
FEDERAL PRISON SENTENCE
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle, sentenced DERRICK LAMONT HOPKINS, 36, of Greenville, North Carolina, to 135 months’ imprisonment followed by five years of supervised release.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on November 12, 2008. On January 26, 2009, HOPKINS pled guilty to conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute and distribution of more than 50 grams of cocaine base (crack) and a quantity of heroin and marijuana.
In 2006, Greenville law enforcement initiated an investigation that revealed that between 2001 and 2008, HOPKINS, and co-defendant, David Terrell Phillips, were responsible for street sales and sales to lower-level drug traffickers of heroin, marijuana, and both crack and powder cocaine in the Greenville area. Between June 16, 2006, and February 20, 2007, four controlled purchases were performed in which a total of 2.94 grams of heroin and 51.5 grams of crack cocaine were purchased from HOPKINS.
Further, from 2004 to 2006, HOPKINS was responsible for the distribution of 24.33 grams of heroin, 1,171.85 grams of crack cocaine, 2,647 grams of cocaine powder and 16,395.8 grams of marijuana.
Mr. Holding commented, “The defendant was responsible for the distribution of thousands of dollars worth of illegal drugs in the streets of Greenville, North Carolina. The Court’s sentence brings these activities to an end and sends a strong message to other illegal drug dealers.”
Investigation of the case was conducted by the Greenville Drug Task Force including investigators from the Greenville Police Department, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office and the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office. 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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