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WEDNESDAY - March 25, 2009


RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court here today United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, sentenced RODNEY EARL CANNADY, 41, of Franklinton, North Carolina, to 384 months’ imprisonment followed by five years of supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on September 4, 2008. On November 17, 2008, CANNADY pled guilty to possession with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (crack) and a quantity of oxycodone. On July 9, 2008, the Franklin County Multi-Agency Narcotics Unit and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation received information that CANNADY was in possession of a large amount of crack cocaine and a description of the vehicle in which he was traveling. After locating the vehicle, officers initiated a traffic stop for a seatbelt violation. A search of the vehicle revealed a grocery bag containing 109.8 grams of crack cocaine and 100 pills of oxycodone. When officers attempted to arrest CANNADY, he shoved one of the officers and attempted to flee. During the struggle, officers had to use a taser in order to get CANNADY to stop. After officers apprehended CANNADY, United States Currency was found.

Further investigation revealed that CANNADY had been selling oxycodone to an individual for approximately six months at the rate of 10 to 15 pills per week. After another traffic stop on September 9, 2008, when CANNADY was again arrested, crack cocaine was seized after a search.

CANNADY’s extensive criminal history includes assault and battery, fictitious information to an officer, larceny, resisting/obstructing a public officer, second degree kidnapping, assault inflicting serious injury, escape from jail, and a federal conviction for conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base (crack).

Mr. Holding commented, “Mr. Cannady’s long and violent criminal history has earned him the very lengthy prison time the Court handed down today. During his time behind bars, it is hoped that he will realize the impact that his behavior has had not only on himself, but his community.”

Investigation of the case was conducted by the Franklin County Multi-Agency Narcotics Unit, that is comprised of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, the Franklinton Police Department, the Louisberg Police Department, the Youngsville Police Department, the Bunn Police Department and the Lake Royale Police Department and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Brian S. Meyers served as prosecutor for the government.


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