FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TUESDAY - March 3, 2009
BETHEL MAN SENTENCED TO 35 YEAR FOR
DRUG SALES IN THREE COUNTIES
NEW BERN - United States Attorney George E. B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday, ISMALIUS JARON WHITE also known as "Boo Boo" and "K", 31, of Bethel, North Carolina was sentenced to 420 months in federal prison by Chief United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan for participating in a conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute fifty (50) grams or more of cocaine base (crack). WHITE had previously pleaded guilty to the charge in February 2008.
The investigation, conducted by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Beaufort County Sheriff's Department, the Dare County Sheriff's Department, and the Washington Police Department, included numerous controlled purchases of crack cocaine from WHITE, and revealed that WHITE was the leader of a criminal conspiracy that involved more than five participants and operated in multiple counties in the Eastern District of North Carolina. The investigation also revealed that WHITE attempted to have a co-conspirator destroy the clothing he was wearing at one of the drug deals he conducted, after WHITE learned he had been captured on video conducting the drug deal.
United States Attorney George Holding praised the cooperation of the investigative agencies, stating, “The teamwork among the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Washington Police Department and the Sheriff Departments of Dare and Beaufort Counties should be commended. This was a true team effort by law enforcement to eradicate their community of a menace.”
Assistant United States Attorney J. Frank Bradsher served as the prosecutor for the government.
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