FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TUESDAY - August 17, 2010
WILLIAMSTON DRUG DEALER SENTENCED
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today United States District Judge James C. Dever III, sentenced DERRELL RASHON ATKINS, 31, of Williamston, North Carolina, to 72 months’ imprisonment followed by three years supervised release.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on March 10, 2010. On May 17, 2010, ATKINS pled guilty to distribution of a quantity of cocaine and a quantity of marijuana and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
In 2008, an investigation was started into the drug trafficking activities of ATKINS. Surveillance revealed that ATKINS was selling drugs out of a Williamston residence. Between February, 2009, and June, 2009, four controlled buys were performed in which ATKINS sold a total of 5.5 grams of cocaine and 24.5 grams of marijuana. On July 16, 2009, law enforcement went to ATKINS’ residence to serve warrants for the controlled buys. Upon arrival officers noticed ATKINS with a group of men. ATKINS attempted to flee, but was quickly apprehended. While making the arrest officers detected the scent of marijuana. Officers then obtained and executed a search warrant during which they found two loaded pistols and ammunition, 7.9 grams of cocaine, 34 grams of marijuana, $729, and various drug paraphernalia.
Investigation of this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Martin County Narcotics Unit which is comprised of detectives from the Martin County Sheriff’s Office and the Williamston Police Department. Special Assistant United States Attorney Glenn Perry was the assigned Prosecutor.Mr. Perry is a prosecutor with the Pitt County District Attorney’s Office.District Attorney Clark Everett 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.
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