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MONDAY - June 29, 2009

MAXTON MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO DRUG AND GUN OFFENSES

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today SHELLEY DUNN, JR., 33, of Maxton, North Carolina, pled guilty before United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle to conspiring to distribute and possession with intent to distribute more than five grams of cocaine (crack), in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846 and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c).

On April 8, 2009, a Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment. Law enforcement arranged for a controlled buy of crack cocaine at a convenience store in Pembroke, North Carolina, on May 1, 2008. Following the controlled buy officers performed a traffic stop on the vehicle DUNN was driving. After placing DUNN and the passenger and co-defendant, Shauna Locklear, under arrest, officers searched both individuals. Officers found on DUNN a small amount of crack in a baggy. The search of Locklear revealed the buy money, a set of digital scales and U.S. currency. A search of the vehicle revealed a Raven Arms .25 caliber handgun.

On August 14, 2008, when officers went to DUNN’s residence to interview him, they performed a traffic stop of the vehicle in which he was leaving the residence. Upon searching the vehicle officers found a Taurus .38 revolver.

Mr. Holding commented, “We continue to have good experiences with the Project Safe Neighborhoods program. The relationship between federal, state, and local agencies is growing stronger and, working together, we are capturing and prosecuting more and more offenders.”

The maximum penalties for the drug charge are up to 40 years imprisonment followed by up to 5 years of supervised release and a fine of up to $2,000,000.00. For the firearm charge, the maximum penalties are up to a term of life imprisonment followed by up to five years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.00. Sentencing is set for October 5, 2009, term of court.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) which encourages federal, state, and local agencies to cooperate in a unified “team effort” against gun crime, targeting repeat offenders who continually plague their communities.

Investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation; the Robeson County Sheriff’s Department; and the Pembroke Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Ethan Ontjes served as prosecutor for the government.

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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