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WEDNESDAY - June 9, 2010

SNOW HILL MAN SENTENCED FOR ILLEGAL DRUG DISTRIBUTION

NEW BERN - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today Chief United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced ANTONIO MAURICE ROUSE, 30, of Snow Hill, North Carolina, to 124 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on March 11, 2009. On May 5, 2009, ROUSE pled guilty to conspiring to distribute and possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of cocaine base (crack).

On May 15, 2008, law enforcement received information that a vehicle belonging to ROUSE, and being driven by his wife, contained crack cocaine. After a traffic stop, a search of the vehicle returned 12.4 grams of crack cocaine.

In July, 2008, it was learned that ROUSE along with his brother, Tony James Rouse, were selling large amounts of powder and crack cocaine in the Snow Hill and Farmville areas. Because of this information, law enforcement performed four controlled buys from August, 2008, until September, 2008, in which ROUSE sold varying amounts of powder and crack cocaine that totaled 324.6 grams of crack cocaine and one gram of powder cocaine.

The investigation revealed that ROUSE was responsible for the distribution of over 1.5 kilograms of crack cocaine from 2005 until his arrest.

Investigation of this case was conducted by Greene County Sheriff's Office and 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. 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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