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THURSDAY - January 21, 2010

CARY DRUG DEALER PLEADS GUILTY

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today TERRENCE DOUGLAS PENNINGTON, 38, of Cary, North Carolina, pled guilty before United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle to possession with intent to distribute a quantity of marijuana in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1), and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on August 13, 2009.

In January, 2009, police received information that PENNINGTON was distributing drugs from his residence in Cary. After investigating the claim, on January 7, 2009, officers obtained and executed a search warrant of the residence. In the bathroom, officers found approximately 10 pounds of marijuana and a set of scales. In a bedroom, officers found a Smith and Wesson .40 caliber pistol, which was later determined to be stolen, and a second set of scales. Also seized from the residence was $21,351.00 in U.S. currency.

This case was part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods(PSN) 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.

At the sentencing, scheduled for April 10, 2010, PENNINGTON faces up to five years imprisonment followed by up to three years of supervised release for the drug charge and up to life imprisonment, consecutive to any other term of imprisonment imposed, followed by up to five years of supervised release for the weapons charge. Each count also carries a fine of up to $250,000.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Cary Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Ethan Ontjes represented the government.

News releases are available on the U. S. Attorney’s web page at www.usdoj.gov/usao/nce within 48 hours of release.

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