FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TUESDAY - March 3, 2009
DUPLIN COUNTY DRUG TRAFFICKER SENTENCED TO 16 ½ YEARS
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court here today United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, sentenced JAMES LAMONT BONEY, to 198 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release. The Court also imposed restitution in the amount of $9,900.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on July 30, 2008. BONEY pled guilty to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute and distribute more than 50 grams of cocaine base (crack), on October 6, 2008.
The investigation, conducted by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and Duplin County Sheriff's Department included numerous controlled purchases of crack cocaine from BONEY and other co-conspirators. According to investigators, BONEY was the leader of a criminal conspiracy that involved more than five participants and was responsible for the distribution of more than ninety (90) kilograms of crack cocaine, more than sixty (60) kilograms of powder cocaine, and more than four hundred and fifty grams of marijuana in the Duplin County area.
Mr. Holding commented: “This organization distributed more than 300 pounds of cocaine during a three-year period. The elimination of these traffickers is an important step in our effort to deal with our district’s drug problem.”
Special Assistant United States Attorney Timothy Severo represented the Government. Mr. Severo is a prosecutor with the New Hanover District Attorney’s Office. District Attorney Ben David 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 and the New Hanover County Commissioners.
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