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THURSDAY - December 17, 2009

DRUG SUPPLIER RECEIVES FEDERAL SENTENCE

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced MILTON GONZALEZ, a/k/a/ Tito, 33, a citizen of Mexico illegally residing in Albermarle, North Carolina, to 420 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release.

A Criminal Information was filed on August 13, 2009. On September 14, 2009, GONZALEZ pled guilty to conspiring to manufacture, distribute, and possess with the intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine.

During the course of the investigation it was learned that GONZALEZ supplied over 300 kilograms of cocaine, at least 100 kilograms of it going to Shane Hunt, the leader of the narcotics organization, since 2003. In August, 2008, an investigation was opened and surveillance began of a residence in Albemarle, North Carolina. On September 15, 2008, after witnessing suspicious activity at the residence, officers approached the house and upon entering GONZALEZ opened fire, hitting a Richmond County Sheriff's deputy. The deputy returned fire, hitting GONZALEZ. Both recovered.

Mr. Holding commented, “I want to commend the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and the other investigative agencies involved in this case. Through their efforts a prolific and violent drug dealer, responsible for distribution of more than 600 pounds of cocaine in this District and elsewhere, has been removed from the streets.”

This case is part of an Organized Crime Enforcement Drug Task Force investigation entitled Dragstrip, which investigated the multi-jurisdictional drug organization responsible for distributing in excess of 5,000 kilograms of cocaine in the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and the Albermarle Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer E. Wells represented the government.

News releases are available on the U. S. Attorney’s web page at www.usdoj.gov/usao/nce within 48 hours of release.

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