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FRIDAY - December 10, 2010


WILMINGTON - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox sentenced TIERRE JAVON OUTLAW, 34, of Oxford, North Carolina to 360 months imprisonment followed by five years’ supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on April 16, 2010. On June 7, 2010, OUTLAW pled guilty to conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (crack).

The investigation revealed that OUTLAW was responsible for distributing more than nine kilograms of crack cocaine into Oxford, North Carolina, and surrounding areas. At the request of the Oxford Police Department, a controlled purchase was arranged where 56 grams of crack cocaine was sold by OUTLAW on February 17, 2010. OUTLAW was arrested pursuant to a joint operation between the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the Oxford police department.

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. Six defendants have been sentenced in federal court as a part of this investigation.

Investigation of this OCEDTF case is being conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Oxford Police Department and the Henderson 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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