FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
WEDNESDAY - April 28, 2010
SPRING HOPE MAN RECEIVES OVER 20 YEARS
IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR DRUG DISTRIBUTION CHARGE
WILMINGTON - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox sentenced JAMES CLEVELAND VICK, 34, of Spring Hope, North Carolina, to 243 months’ imprisonment to be followed by 10 years of supervised release.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on May 21, 2009, charging VICK. On October 5, 2009, VICK pled guilty to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (crack).
This case was part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation. The investigation revealed that VICK had been involved in the drug trade from the age of 17 and was part of a drug conspiracy operating in Wake, Nash, Johnston, Franklin and Moore Counties. In 2008 and 2009, three undercover buys of crack cocaine were made from VICK.
The investigation of this case was conducted by the Raleigh Police Department, the Wake County Sheriff’s Office, the Nash County Sheriff’s Office, the Wilson Police Department, the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. Special Assistant United States Attorney Deborah Shandles represented the government. Ms. Shandles is a prosecutor with the Wake County District Attorney’s Office. District Attorney Colon Willoughby has assigned her to the United States Attorney’s Office to prosecute OCDETF criminal matters. This has been made possible by a grant funded by the Governor’s Crime Commission.
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