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TUESDAY - November 10, 2009


NEW BERN - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today Chief United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced JAMAR LEON PRESSEY, 26, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, to 164 months’ imprisonment followed by three years supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on April 16, 2009. On July 6, 2009, PRESSEY pled guilty to conspiring to distribute a quantity of cocaine powder and unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

On July 13, 2007, law enforcement responded to the Watauga Street area in Lumberton due to complaints of illegal activities. Upon arrival, officers saw PRESSEY and several individuals gathered on and along the street where the officers could see open alcohol containers and could smell the odor of burned marijuana. Officers initiated an encounter and stated their intention to conduct a pat down of the individuals. As officers began the pat down, PRESSEY ran from the scene. Officers chased the defendant and directed him to stop; however, he did not comply. When officers finally caught PRESSEY, they found inside hiswaistband, a .45 caliber handgun.

Subsequently, on April 24, 2009, PRESSEY admitted to purchasing hundreds of grams of powder and crack cocaine in this District.

This case was part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods(PSN) which encourages federal, state, and local agencies to cooperate in a unified “team effort” against gun crime, targeting repeat offenders who continually plague their communities.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Drug Enforcement Administration; and the Lumberton Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney William Gilmore represented the government.


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