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THURSDAY - June 18, 2009

OPERATION JUICED OUT DEFENDANT RECEIVES

OVER 16 YEARS IN PRISON FOR METH PRODUCTION

WILMINGTON - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court June 16, 2009, Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox, sentenced ADAM STRICKLAND, 23, of Faison, North Carolina, to 203 months’ imprisonment followed by five years of supervised release for conspiring to manufacture, distribute, dispense and possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. The Court also imposed restitution in the amount of $5,130.89.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on August 13, 2008. On December 9, 2008, STRICKLAND pled guilty.

This case is part of the investigation entitled Juiced Out targeting the methamphetamine trafficking problem in Sampson County in which Craig Hobbs is considered the lynch pin. The investigation revealed that from 2006 until his arrest in February, 2008, STRICKLAND was involved in producing methamphetamine. From December, 2007, to February, 2008, STRICKLAND and his roommate and co-defendant, Corey Harmon, produced approximately 25 grams of methamphetamine per day, equaling approximately 2,250 grams of methamphetamine production for that 90-day period. It is estimated from evidence seized that STRICKLAND is responsible for producing a total amount of approximately 2.31 kilograms of methamphetamine. Additionally, a 100-pound cylinder and several smaller containers of anhydrous ammonia, a key ingredient in methamphetamine, was found at STRICKLAND’s residence. Several firearms were also found at the STRICKLAND residence.

Mr. Holding commented, “For nearly two years this defendant, and others, daily manufactured poison that was dispensed into the streets of the Eastern District of North Carolina. The Courts sentencing is a fitting response to this crime.”

Investigation of the case was conducted by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Sampson County Probation Office and the Sampson County Sheriff’s Department. Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Wells served as prosecutor for the government.

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