FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TUESDAY - November 10, 2009
ROANOKE ISLAND MAN SENTENCED TO 210 MONTHS
FOR PARTICIPATION IN DRUG CONSPIRACY
GREENVILLE - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today MICHAEL EUGENE THRASH, JR., 21, of Roanoke Island, North Carolina, was sentenced to 210 months imprisonment for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (crack), and 500 grams or more of cocaine powder between June 2008 and August 14, 2008. THRASH was also sentenced to five years supervised release following his term of imprisonment and is to pay a $10,000.00 fine. This investigation was conducted by the Dare County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, during which multiple controlled purchases of cocaine base (crack) and cocaine powder were made from THRASH by law enforcement. On August 14, 2008, law enforcement executed a search warrant at THRASH’s residence where more than 40 grams of cocaine base (crack) and 120 grams of cocaine powder were found packaged for distribution. THRASH was also found in possession of $2,130.00 in cash.
The investigation revealed that THRASH had been supplying cocaine base (crack) and cocaine powder in the Dare County, North Carolina area to numerous individuals.
In response to this case, Mr. Holding stated, “The cooperation between federal, state and local law enforcement is essential to dismantling the drug conspiracies operating in our district. We are thankful for the hard work and dedication of the officers in the Dare County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit and Federal Bureau of Investigation. Their fine work has led to another drug dealer being taken off the streets.”
Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Royster served as the prosecutor for the government.
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