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FRIDAY - June 11, 2010


NEW BERN - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today Chief United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced two defendants for drug distribution and firearms charges. JOHN WALTER NEWKIRK, 29, received 150 months’ imprisonment. DEXTER ANTONIO DIXON received 115 months’ imprisonment. Each defendant also received a five-year term of supervised release to be served following their active sentence, and each had a fine in the amount of $6,000 imposed. Additionally, NEWKIRK was ordered to pay $307 in restitution.

A Criminal Indictment naming both men was returned by a Federal Grand Jury on June 10, 2009. Both defendants pled guilty to conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams of cocaine and a quantity of marijuana and aiding and abetting possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. NEWKIRK entered is guilty plea on November 4, 2009; DIXON pled guilty on December 1, 2009.

On March 24, 2008, when police learned that DIXON was seeking to buy cocaine and marijuana, a meeting was arranged. On March 25, 2008, DIXON and NEWKIRK arrived at the agreed upon location. When it was felt that DIXON and NEWKIRK were going to rob the sellers, the sellers left the location, driving away. DIXON and NEWKIRK followed. Officers then stopped DIXON and NEWKIRK, taking them into custody. Officers found a stolen .22 caliber pistol in the car in which the defendants were traveling.

NEWKIRK also pled guilty to aiding and abetting the robbery of a post office that was charged in a November 2, 2009, Criminal Information.

According to the Information, on May 24, 2007, NEWKIRK, robbed the main post office in Turkey, North Carolina. Three money orders and $307.00 were taken.

This case was part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative which encourages federal, state, and local agencies to cooperate in a unified “team effort” against gun crime, targeting repeat offenders who continually plague their communities.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the United States Postal Service, and the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Jane J. Jackson represented the government.


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