FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
MONDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2010
CONVICTED FELON SENTENCED FOR GUN POSSESSION
AND SELLING COCAINE
WILMINGTON - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today United States Senior Judge James C. Fox sentenced CHARLES RAY DEESE, 35, of Lumberton, North Carolina, to 293 months imprisonment followed by 5 years of supervised release.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on May 26, 2010. On September 7, 2010, DEESE pled guilty to possession of a firearm by a felon, and possession with intent to distribute more than 5 grams of cocaine base and a quantity of cocaine powder.
According to the investigation, in 2009, law enforcement received information that DEESE was selling cocaine from his residence in Lumberton. A search warrant was subsequently executed at DEESE’S residence. The search uncovered firearms, as well as over 20 grams of cocaine, 17 grams of cocaine base, and other drug paraphernalia.
This case was part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods(PSN) initiative which encourages federal, state, and local agencies to cooperate in a unified “team effort” against gun crime, targeting repeat offenders who continually plague their communities.
Investigation of this case was conducted by the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Assistant United States Attorney Thom Murphy represented the government.
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