FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
WEDNESDAY - SEPTEMBER 16, 2009
NEW BERN WOMAN SENTENCED TO
63 MONTHS IN FEDERAL PRISON
NEW BERN - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court on September 10, 2009, SOPHIA ELLISON, 25, of New Bern, North Carolina, was sentenced to 63 months in federal prison by Chief United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan, for her participation in the distribution of crack cocaine on January 10, 2007.
The investigation revealed that ELLISON conspired with her boyfriend at the time and who is also the father of one of her children, MARTREY NEWBY, 24, in distributing crack cocaine to a confidential informant. ELLISON also lied to a federal grand jury when questioned about her knowledge of NEWBY’S criminal activity. On December 10, 2008, NEWBY was sentenced to 425 months in federal prison by Chief United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan after being convicted by a jury last July for conspiracy to distribute more than fifty (50) grams of cocaine base (crack), and five counts of possession with the intent to distribute cocaine base (crack), which included the distribution on January 10, 2007 with ELLISON.
In response to this case, Mr. Holding stated, ”This matter is part of a larger focus on drug trafficking in the New Bern area. The result in this case should send the message that we will pursue all participants in drug trafficking crimes.”
The investigation was led by the New Bern Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Josh Royster served as the prosecutor for the government.
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