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THURSDAY - October 22, 2009


RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced SHELLEY DUNN, JR., 34, of Maxton, North Carolina to 221 months’ imprisonment. Because of DUNN’s substantial criminal history, the Court determined that he was a Career Offender and enhanced his sentence.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on April 8, 2009. On June 29, 2009, DUNN pled guilty to conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute more than five grams of cocaine base (crack) and use and carry of a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime.

On May 1, 2008, law enforcement arranged a deal to purchase crack cocaine from DUNN. A traffic stop was performed after the buy. Officers located a small amount of cocaine and marijuana located in the center console of DUNN’s vehicle. DUNN was arrested. Officers found an additional 18.2 grams of crack cocaine in the seat of the patrol car where he had been. A Raven Arms .25 caliber handgun was also located in the passenger seat of DUNN’s vehicle.

DUNN’s criminal history includes felony convictions for 13 counts of breaking and entering, 12 counts of larceny, 1 count of larceny after breaking and entering, 1 count of larceny from the person, and numerous drug charges.

This case was part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative which encourages federal, state, and local agencies to cooperate in a unified “team effort” against gun crime, targeting repeat offenders who continually plague their communities.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Pembroke Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Ethan Ontjes represented the government.


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