FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
THURSDAY - July 8, 2010
GUILTY PLEA IN ILLEGAL DRUG CONSPIRACY
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday GEORGE FRIERSON, 40, of Belvidere, North Carolina, pled guilty before United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle to conspiring to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (crack) and a quantity of cocaine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1).
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on December 18, 2008.
According to statements presented at the hearing, on May 22, 2007, a search warrant was executed at an Elizabeth City residence where 1,125 grams of crack cocaine, 998 grams of powder cocaine, digital scales and packaging materials were found. Further investigation revealed that FRIERSON, who until recently had been a fugitive, delivered ounce-quantities of crack and powder cocaine for co-defendants Christopher Cooper and Damone Key. Both Cooper and Key were charged and have been sentenced for their part in the conspiracy.
Sentencing is set for October 18, 2010.
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 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Ethan Ontjes represented the government.
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