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THURSDAY - January 7, 2010

SARATOGA MAN RECEIVES OVER 33 YEARS IN PRISON

NEW BERN - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court on January 5, 2010, Chief United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced CARLTON BRONTA MAY, 34, Saratoga, North Carolina, to 400 months’ imprisonment followed by 10 years supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on November 6, 2008. On September 3, 2009, a jury found MAY guilty of conspiring to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (crack) (Count 1), distribution of 5 grams or more of cocaine base (crack)(Count 2), possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base (crack) (Count 3), possession of a firearm by a felon (Court 4), and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime (Count 5).

In March, 2008, law enforcement received information regarding drug distribution occurring on Statonsburg Road in Wilson, North Carolina. On April 21, 2008, law enforcement performed a controlled buy of crack cocaine from MAY at his Statonsburg Road residence.

On April 24, 2008, law enforcement executed a search warrant at the residence. As the officers entered the residence it was noticed that MAY had flushed something down the toilet. Two bags of crack cocaine were seized after an officer, using a sledgehammer, broke open the sewer pipe. Other items seized during the search were drug paraphernalia, an assault rifle, two handguns, ammunition, and a safe containing $17,181.00.

Further investigation revealed that MAY had been selling crack cocaine for the past eight to ten years. It was also learned that MAY sold one ounce of crack per day for nearly four months starting in January, 2008.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, and the Wilson Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer E. Wells represented the government.

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