FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TUESDAY - March 24, 2009
TWO SENTENCED IN DRUG/FIREARM RING
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court here today United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, sentenced two defendants in burglary and drug trafficking ring. TERRENCE BRYANT THOMAS, 29, of Greenville, North Carolina, received to 84 months’ imprisonment followed by five years of supervised release. ALVIN MITCHELL GRIZZARD, 29, of Grifton, North Carolina, received 18 months’ imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on October 22, 2008. On December 15, 2008, both defendants pled guilty; THOMAS to possession of stolen firearms, distribution of a quantity of cocaine, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime. GRIZZARD pled guilty to distribution of a quantity of cocaine and possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.
Law enforcement officers arranged for controlled buys from THOMAS on June 7, 2007, and July 10, 2007,of 12.4 grams of cocaine. Also during the transaction, two handguns were purchased from THOMAS. On July 11, 2007, search warrants were executed at two residences used by THOMAS. Officers seized 20 grams of cocaine, 23 grams of marijuana and four handguns. The investigation later determined that the two handguns purchased and three of the four handguns seized had been stolen by co-defendants, John Charles Mardis and William Jeffrey Culver, in an earlier robbery from Big Horn Outfitters, Inc., a federal firearms licensee, and purchased by THOMAS from Mardis and Culver.
Further investigation revealed that co-defendant, Mardis, sold GRIZZARD one of the handguns that had been stolen in exchange for 2.5 grams of cocaine. Mardis also gave GRIZZARD a bag containing several firearms that had been stolen, instructing GRIZZARD to sell the firearms.
Investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; 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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