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THURSDAY - June 10, 2010

NEW BERN - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday, Chief United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced GEORGE JEFFERSON, III, 35, of Wilson, North Carolina, to 240 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release.

In February, 2008, and again in March, 2008, the Wilson Police Department and Wilson County Sheriff’s Office conducted controlled purchases of cocaine base (crack) from JEFFERSON using an agent of the government. During each operation, crack cocaine was purchased directly from JEFFERSON in the amounts of approximately 14 grams and 28 grams, respectively. The investigation determined that between 2007 and 2008, JEFFERSON was responsible for the distribution of approximately three kilograms of crack cocaine in and around Wilson County.

On December 1, 2009, JEFFERSON pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (crack).

Investigation of the case was conducted by the Wilson Police Department, the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, and the Drug Enforcement Administration - Raleigh. Assistant United States Attorney Brian S. Meyers served as prosecutor for the government.

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