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THURSDAY - July 30, 2009

GREENVILLE MAN RECEIVES FEDERAL SENTENCE FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING

WILMINGTON - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced ALTON DEWAYNE STARKIE, 30, of Greenville, North Carolina, to 144 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on December 15, 2008. On May 4, 2009, STARKIE pled guilty to conspiring to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute more than 50 grams of crack cocaine.

In 2006, law enforcement initiated an investigation into the illegal drug activities of STARKIE. From April, 2006, to April, 2007, five controlled purchases were arranged and executed in which STARKIE sold crack cocaine in amounts ranging from .6 grams to 46.7 grams.

Further investigation revealed that from 2004 until his arrest on the federal charges, STARKIE purchased and distributed over 3.5 kilograms of crack cocaine, 113 grams of cocaine and 590 grams of heroin.

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 Edgecombe 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.

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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