FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
MONDAY - March 2, 2009
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court here today ISABELLA BROCKINGTON, 36, of Lumberton, North Carolina, pled guilty before United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, to conspiring to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute more than 50 grams of cocaine base (crack) and 500 grams of cocaine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 846, which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment followed by up to five years of supervised release and a fine of up to $4,000,000.
A Criminal Information was filed on January 28, 2009. On July 17, 2008, officers with the Lumberton Police Department executed a search warrant on a residence in Lumberton. The search netted 17 grams of crack, 28 grams of cocaine, a Leinard .45/.410 caliber pistol, a .45 caliber handgun, a Sterling Model II .380 pistol, ammunition, digital scales, and packaging materials. BROCKINGTON, who had been present during the search, was arrested. Further investigation revealed that for the past two years BROCKINGTON had been traveling with Muhammad Abdul Rahman to New York to pick up kilogram-quantities of cocaine and then helped Rahman sell ounce-quantities from his residence.
Rahman, who was charged on October 29, 2008, with the conspiracy and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, is scheduled to be sentenced on March 23, 2009.
Mr. Holding commented: “This case is another reminder of how quickly drugs can be introduced into our communities. This defendant was instrumental in the chain of distribution of cocaine as he brought wholesale quantities from New York for sale on the streets of Lumberton.”
Investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation; and the Lumberton Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Ethan Ontjes served as prosecutor for the government.
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