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MONDAY - July 12, 2010

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RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court on July 7, 2010, United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, sentenced RENESE FLOWERS, 40, of Manteo, North Carolina, to 78 months’ imprisonment followed by five years’ supervised release.

A Criminal Information was filed on February 22, 2010, charging one count of conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (crack), a quantity of cocaine, and a quantity of marijuana. On April 6, 2010, she pled guilty to the charge.

On June 20, 2008, Dare County Sheriff’s detectives searched FLOWER’S home and found an ounce of crack cocaine, a quantity of cocaine, marijuana, digital scales and a stun gun. The investigation uncovered that FLOWERS and a co-defendant were importing cocaine from a source in Virginia. FLOWER’s also obtained crack cocaine from a second source. The cocaine and crack cocaine were being distributed primarily in the Dare County area.

This case was brought as a part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Operation entitled Dare Devil, investigating importers and multi-level distributors of Cocaine and Cocaine Base (Crack) into Dare and Currituck County.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement, the Currituck County Sheriff’s Office, the Dare County Sheriff’s Office and the Kill Devil Hills Police Department. Special Assistant United States Attorney Timothy Severo represents the government. Mr. Severo is a prosecutor with the New Hanover District Attorney’s Office. District Attorney Ben David has assigned him to the United States Attorney’s Office to prosecute federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force criminal matters. This has been made possible by a grant funded by the Governor’s Crime Commission and the New Hanover County Commissioners.

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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