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THURSDAY - July 15, 2010

FEDERAL PRISON TERM FOR SNOW HILL DRUG DEALER

GREENVILLE - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today United States District Judge Malcolm J. Howard sentenced RODERICK DONTA STRONG, 29, Snow Hill, North Carolina, to 15 years’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on March 11, 2009. On May 6, 2009, STRONG pled guilty to conspiring to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (crack) and 500 grams or more of cocaine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846, and possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A).

After two controlled purchases from December, 2008, to January, 2009, law enforcement traced the drugs sold during the deals to STRONG. Following the second controlled purchase on January 29, 2009, a search of STRONG’s residence was conducted, during which officers found two firearms. During the search, STRONG arrived at the residence and was arrested. During questioning, STRONG admitted to selling both powder and crack cocaine since his release from prison in May, 2008. STRONG also confessed that he and co-defendant Don Cox had been buying and selling cocaine to each other on a regular basis. According to the information obtained during the investigation it is estimated that STRONG sold 1,056.1 grams of crack cocaine and 999.9 grams of powder cocaine

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation; the Greene County Sheriff’s Office; the Greenville Police Department and the Jacksonville Police Department. Special Assistant United States Attorney Glenn Perry was the assigned Prosecutor.Mr. Perry is a prosecutor with the Pitt County District Attorney’s Office.District Attorney Clark Everett 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.

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