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MONDAY - July 19, 2010

GREENVILLE MAN SENTENCED FOR DRUG CHARGES

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, sentenced ROLANDO QUINONES, 33, of Greenville, North Carolina, to 264 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on June 10, 2009. On August 27, 2009, QUINONES pled guilty to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and 50 grams or more of cocaine base (crack) and 100 grams or more of heroin.

Between September, 2008, and December, 2008, three controlled purchases were arranged in which varying amounts of heroin were bought from QUINONES. Following the third controlled purchase, QUINONES was arrested and a search of his residence was performed, where heroin was found. The investigation revealed that QUINONES was involved in a conspiracy to distribute more than 100 kilograms of cocaine, more than 2 kilograms of crack cocaine and more than 1 kilogram of heroin.

Further investigation found that QUINONES was wanted by authorities in Sweetwater County, Wyoming. During a traffic stop in which QUINONES was stopped for speeding, a subsequent search of the vehicle uncovered 10.036 kilograms of cocaine. He was arrested, however, during questioning QUINONES escaped.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Greenville Drug Task Force which includes the Greenville Police Department, the Pitt County Sheriff's Office, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Lenoir County Sheriff's Office, the Farmville Police Department and the Wayne County Sheriff's Office. Special Assistant United States Attorney W. Glenn Perry represented the government. 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.

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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