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TUESDAY - March 24, 2009

VANCEBORO FELON SENTENCED TO 11 YEARS FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING AND POSSESSION OF A FIREARM

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court here today United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, sentenced CLARENCE MIMS, 34, of Vanceboro, North Carolina, to 132 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on August 13, 2008. On December 16, 2008, MIMS pled guiltytoconspiring to possess with the intent to distribute more than 50 grams of cocaine base (crack) and more than 500 grams of cocaineand unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. From October, 2006, to November, 2006, the Greenville Police Department arranged for several controlled purchases of crack cocaine with MIMS totaling 36.5 grams. On November 30, 2006, a controlled purchase of two ounces of crack cocaine was arranged. When MIMS arrived at the agreed upon location, police officers performed a vehicle stop and searched the vehicle. A loaded Smith and Wesson .40 caliber hand gun along with a set of digital scales and an eyeglass case with cocaine residue were found. A search warrant was then obtained and executed at MIMS’ residence. There, officers found 11.1 grams of powder cocaine and 7.4 grams of crack cocaine.

Further investigation revealed that MIMS had been selling illegal drugs since 1995. It was learned that from 1995 to 2006 MIMS sold an approximate total of 1,261 grams of crack and 3,425 grams of powder cocaine.

Investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive; the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office and the Greenville Police Department. Special Assistant United States Attorney Glenn Perry was the assigned Prosecutor.Mr. Perry is a prosecutor with the Pitt County District Attorney’s Office.District Attorney Clark Everett 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.

 

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