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TUESDAY - August 4, 2009

DEFENDANT SENTENCED FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING CRIMES

IN OPERATION FIRE ANT

WILMINGTON - United States Attorney George E. B. Holding announced that in federal court on August 3, 2009, Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox sentenced CHARLES HENRY MOORE, JR., 37, of Charlotte, North Carolina, to 180 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on January 29, 2009. At his arraignment on May 11, 2009, MOORE pled guilty to possession with the intent to distribute more than 50 grams of crack cocaine and a quantity of powder cocaine and to carrying a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

On October 10, 2008, law enforcement received information that MOORE would be transporting a quantity of cocaine from Charlotte to Onslow County. Once MOORE and his vehicle were identified, he was stopped by officers of the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office. MOORE then had to be extracted from his car at gunpoint, after he grabbed a pistol which was fully loaded with hollow point rounds. Found in the car were 74 grams of crack cocaine and 94 grams of powder cocaine.

Mr. Holding commented on the work of the officers, “This case is another stark reminder of the threat presented by armed drug traffickers. The Court’s sentence is a fitting end to this defendant’s criminal work.”

This case was brought as part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Operation entitled Fire Ants, investigating national and international importers and multi-level distributors of methamphetamine. The organization is responsible for the importation and distribution of more than 100 kilograms of methamphetamine and multiple kilograms of cocaine into Eastern North Carolina since 2005. To date, 14 people have pled guilty and been sentenced in federal court.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement; the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office; the Beaullaville Police Department; the Pender County Sheriff’s Department; the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office; the Wilmington Police Department; and the North Carolina Department of Community Corrections. Special Assistant United States Attorney Timothy Severo and Assistant United States Attorney Brian Meyers represented the government. Mr Severo is a prosecutor with the New Hanover District Attorney’s Office. District Attorney Ben David 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 and the New Hanover County Commissioners.

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