FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
FRIDAY - June 11, 2010
DRUG DEALER SENTENCED TO FEDERAL PRISON
GREENVILLE - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court on June 8, 2010, Senior United States District Judge Malcolm J. Howard sentenced MELVIN EARL BATTLE, 32, Wilson, North Carolina, to 188 months’ imprisonment followed by five years’ supervised release.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on January 6, 2010. On March 4, 2010, BATTLE pled guilty to conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (crack).
In October, 2008, BATTLE was released from state prison where he was serving a sentence for a drug charge. It was learned by law enforcement that BATTLE continued his drug trafficking involvement after his release. Investigators learned that during the span of 11 days in September, 2009, BATTLE had received substantial quantities of crack cocaine, that he then sold from his residence. The total of the crack sold was 82.2 grams.
Investigation of this case was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office and the Wilson Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Wells represented the government.
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