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THURSDAY - January 21, 2010

KINSTON DRUG DEALER RECEIVED FEDERAL SENTENCE

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced CEDRIC RODQUEZ LAWSON, 26, Kinston, North Carolina, to 78 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on June 18, 2009. On October 20, 2009, LAWSON pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute a quantity of marijuana and possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

On October 5, 2008, an emergency call reporting a home invasion and shots being fired at a residence in Kinston was received by police. When officers arrived LAWSON and another individual reported that two individuals, wearing masks and bandanas, forcefully entered the residence. As they entered, LAWSON retrieved a firearm and fired two shots. The intruders fled.

In order to determine the true cause of the invasion, officers performed a consented search of the residence. Officers seized marijuana, three firearms with various calibers of ammunition, two sets of digital scales along with boxes of plastic bags, and $18,080 in U.S. currency.

Mr. Holding commented, “The sale of illegal drugs brings other crimes, often times more violent crimes, into the community. To combat these crimes my office and those of law enforcement agencies are committed to bringing these individuals to justice and keeping our communities safe.”

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.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Kinston 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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