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WEDNESDAY - August 19, 2009

FARMVILLE DRUG TRAFFICKER RECEIVES A 16 ½-YEAR PRISON TERM

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, sentenced TITO LAMONT ANDERSON, 27, of Farmville, North Carolina, to 198 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release. ANDERSON was found to be a Career Offender pursuant to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines due to his extensive criminal record.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on December 15, 2008. On February 23, 2006, ANDERSON pled guilty to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute and distribute more than 50 grams of cocaine base (crack) and a quantity of heroin and marijuana.

Following the initiation of an investigation into the drug trafficking activities of ANDERSON, on September 7, 2009, a traffic stop was performed on the vehicle ANDERSON was driving. Officers found 30.7 grams of crack cocaine hidden in ANDERSON’s mouth. Also found during the stop was $1,347.

The investigation also revealed that from 2002 to 2006 ANDERSON sold 1,281.95 grams of crack cocaine. In 2008, through controlled purchases, 243.2 grams of marijuana, 40.1 grams of crack cocaine, and 4.7 grams of heroin were purchased from ANDERSON.

Mr. Holding commented, “We are pleased with the Court’s sentence. Mr. Anderson’s significant drug trafficking activities will cease because of that sentence.”

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Greenville Police Department. Special Assistant United States Attorney William Glenn Perry was the assigned Prosecutor.Mr. Perry is a prosecutor with the Pitt County District Attorney’s Office.District Attorney Clark Everett 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.

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