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WEDNESDAY - March 18, 2009


RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court here yesterday United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle, sentenced two defendants involved in a drug trafficking ring. JOHNNY JUNIOR WILLIAMS, 34, the leader of the group, was sentenced to 184 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release for conspiring to possess with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of cocaine base (crack) and unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. BILLY RAY FELDER, 43, received 188 months’ imprisonment followed by five years of supervised release for aiding and abetting in the distribution of more than five grams of cocaine base (crack). Both were residents of Wilson, North Carolina.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on October 1, 2008, charging FELDER. On December 15, 2008, a Superseding Information was filed charging WILLIAMS. He, along with FELDER pled guilty that same day.

From January, 2008, to March, 2008, several controlled purchases of crack cocaine were arranged. More specifically, on January 25, 2008, WILLIAMS and FELDER distributed 28.8 grams; on January 31, 2008, WILLIAMS and a co-defendant, distributed 7 grams; on February 29, 2008, WILLIAMS and FELDER distributed 6.8 grams and on March 13, 2008, WILLIAMS distributed 13.7 grams. It is estimated that in 2007, WILLIAMS sold one individual 720 grams of crack cocaine. It is also estimated that in 2007, WILLIAMS was selling to another individual at least two ounces of crack a week.

Mr. Holding commented: “The best manner in which to dismantle a drug trafficking group is to charge and convict all participants in an effort to rid the community of the entire enterprise. That is what we’ve tried to do here.”

Investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Wilson Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Jane Jackson served as prosecutor for the government.


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