FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TUESDAY - November 10, 2009
FUGITIVE ON A 10 MOST WANTED LIST PLEADS GUILTY
TO DRUG AND FALSE STATEMENT CHARGES
GREENVILLE - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday JAMES RICKY PERRY, 51, of Nash County, North Carolina, pled guilty before United States Magistrate Judge David W. Daniel to conspiring to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 846 and false statement in application for a United States passport, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1542.
A Federal Grand Jury in the Eastern District of North Carolina returned a Criminal Indictment on July 14, 2009, charging the drug violation. On August 19, 2009, the Central District of California filed a Criminal Information charging the false statement violation. After obtaining consent in October to combine the cases, the California charge was transferred to North Carolina and the cases combined.
In 2004, a drug buy overseen by law enforcement was performed. PERRY, a mid-level drug dealer, sold 497.1 grams of cocaine to a confidential informant at a residence in Middlesex, North Carolina. On May 29, 2009, an agent with the United States State Department received information from the United States Marshals Service that PERRY had submitted an application for a United States passport under the false name of Rodney Eugene Williams. PERRY was arrested when he re-entered the United States using the fraudulent passport after fleeing to the Philippines to avoid the charges in North Carolina.
PERRY had been a fugitive and was on the United States Marshals Service 10 Most Wanted list for the past five years.
Sentencing is set for February 9, 2010.
Investigation of this case was conducted by the United States State Department, the United States Marshals Service, the Bladen County Narcotics Task Force and the Nash County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Ethan Ontjes represented the government.
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