FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
FRIDAY - March 20, 2009
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court on March 17, 2009, United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced JERROD CORNELIUS SMITH, of Duplin County, North Carolina, to 144 months imprisonment followed by five years supervised release.
In July 2007, the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office received information that SMITH was distributing cocaine base (crack) in the Duplin County area. Based upon this information, law enforcement began investigating SMITH’s illegal narcotics trafficking. On July 26, 2007, August 2, 2007, and September 5, 2007, the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration - Wilmington Resident Office, conducted controlled purchases of crack cocaine directly from SMITH in the amounts of 14.2 grams, 52.7 grams, and 31.4 grams, respectively.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment against SMITH on April 10, 2008. On November 24, 2008, SMITH pleaded guilty to conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute more than fifty (50) grams of crack cocaine.
Investigation of the case was conducted by the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration. 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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