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FRIDAY - August 7, 2009


WILMINGTON - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court on August 5, 2009, Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox sentenced RAYMOND EMMET BROWN, 41, of Roper, North Carolina, to life imprisonment for possession with intent to distribute more than five grams of cocaine base (crack) and a quantity of cocaine, to be followed by a consecutive 60-month term of imprisonment for carrying a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

BROWN was charged by Criminal Superseding Indictment on November 12, 2008 and pled guilty to the charges on January 22, 2009.

The investigation revealed that BROWN was responsible for the distribution of more than 250 kilograms of crack cocaine from 1998 until the time of his arrest on these charges. While in custody awaiting trial, BROWN contacted members of his drug trafficking organization and asked them to testify falsely on his behalf. BROWN has an extensive criminal history beginning in 1986, including felony drug convictions from Virginia, New Jersey and North Carolina. Additionally, BROWN routinely sold cocaine while he was on probation and he had traded crack cocaine for firearms.

During the course of the investigation, Martin County Narcotics Detectives successfully purchased more than 100 grams of crack cocaine from BROWN between September 4, 2007 and November 2, 2007. On March 20, 2008, detectives with the Washington County and Martin County Sheriff’s Offices executed a search warrant on BROWN’S residence and recovered additional quantities of crack cocaine, powder cocaine and four firearms.

Mr. Holding commented, “The lengthy sentence in this case appropriately addresses the serious crime and the fact that this defendant is an incorrigible repeat offender. This sentence forever ends this defendant’s criminal career.”

The investigation of this case was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Martin County Sheriff’s Office; the Washington County Sheriff’s Office; the North Carolina National Guard Joint Counter Drug Task Force; the Plymouth Police Department; and were assisted by the North Carolina Department of Community Correction.

Assistant United States Attorney J. Frank Bradsher and Special Assistant United States Attorney Timothy Severo 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.

News releases are available on the U. S. Attorney’s web page at within 48 hours of release.

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