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FRIDAY - April 16, 2010

THIRTY-FOURTH DEFENDANT SENTENCED IN

OPERATION DON QUIXOTE

GREENVILLE - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today on April 14, 2010, DERRICK DESHAWN NIXON, 38, of Hampstead, North Carolina, was sentenced by Senior United States District Judge Malcolm C. Howard to 188 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on September 24, 2009. On January 4, 2010, NIXON pled guilty to possession with the intent to distribute 5 grams or more of cocaine base (crack).

The investigation showed that NIXON was responsible for distributing more than three ounces of cocaine base and an ounce and half of cocaine in the summer of 2009. NIXON was arrested by the Pender County Sheriff's Vice and Narcotic Unit after throwing a quantity of cocaine base out of his car window while fleeing from law enforcement.

This case was brought as a part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Operation entitled Don Quixote, investigating importers and multi-level distributors of cocaine, “crack” cocaine, heroin, Ecstasy and gang activity associated with this distribution. This organization is responsible for the importation and distribution of more than 200 kilograms of cocaine, more than 65 kilograms of “crack” cocaine, 3 kilograms of heroin, 20,000 Ecstacy pills and several kilograms of marijuana into Eastern North Carolina since 2003. To date, 34 people have been sentenced in federal court as a part of this operation.

Investigation of this case is being conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms; the Federal Bureau of Investigations Safe Streets Task Force (Wilmington); the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations; the Wilmington Police Department; the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office; the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office; the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office; the Pender County Sheriff’s Office; the Holly Ridge Police Department; the Top Sail Police Department; and the Surf City Police Department. Special Assistant United States Attorney Timothy Severo represents the government. Mr Severo is a prosecutor with the New Hanover District Attorney’s Office. District Attorney Ben David 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 and the New Hanover County Commissioners.

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