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WEDNESDAY - August 19, 2009

SPRING LAKE WOMAN RECEIVES SIX-YEAR PRISON TERM FOR DRUG CHARGE

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced LESLIE MARIE GRICE, 23, of Spring Lake, North Carolina, to 72 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on December 3, 2008, against GRICE and her co-defendant, Gregory Lavon Porter. On April 20, 2009, GRICE pled guilty to conspiring to distribute and possessing with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (crack).

From April through May 2008, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Narcotics made multiple controlled purchases of crack cocaine from both GRICE and Porter. The amounts of crack cocaine sold by the defendants during these purchases ranged between 14 grams and 79 grams. The investigation revealed that GRICE and Porter were responsible for the distribution of large quantities of crack cocaine in and around Spring Lake, North Carolina, in the amounts of approximately one-half kilogram and one and a half kilograms of crack cocaine, respectively.

In May 2009, Gregory Lavon Porter was sentenced to 120 months

imprisonment followed by five years supervised release for conspiring with GRICE and others to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (crack).Investigation of this case was conducted by the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Narcotics. Assistant United States Attorney Brian S. Meyers represented the government.

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