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WEDNESDAY - August 4, 2010

OXFORD DRUG DEALER SENTENCED

WILMINGTON - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox, sentenced CURTIS LAKOY EDMONDS, 34, of Oxford, North Carolina, to life imprisonment.

On May 5, 2010, a federal jury found EDMONDS guilty of conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (crack) and three counts of distribution of five grams or more of cocaine base (crack).

On February 4, 2008, on Summit Avenue in Oxford, EDMONDS sold 13 grams of cocaine base (crack) to a cooperating witness working at the direction of the Oxford Police Department Narcotics Unit.

On February 6, 2008, at the corner of Hunt and Henderson Street, Oxford, EDMONDS sold 13 grams of crack cocaine to a cooperating witness working at the direction of the Oxford Police Department Narcotics Unit.

On February 23, 2008, EDMONDS, again on Summit Avenue, sold 25 grams of crack cocaine to a cooperating witness working at the direction of the Oxford Police Department Narcotics Unit.

The investigation revealed that EDMONDS was responsible for distributing approximately a kilogram of crack cocaine and 380 grams of cocaine from April 2007 until June 2008.

EDMONDS had 24 prior convictions for felonies and misdemeanors including four prior felony drug convictions.

This case was brought as a part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Operation entitled Grapevine, investigating importers and multi-level distributors of cocaine and crack cocaine. The investigation was conducted by the Oxford Police Department and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. 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.

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