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FRIDAY - June 18, 2010

FAYETTEVILLE PASTOR CONVICTED FOR

ILLEGAL DRUG AND GUN CHARGES

WILMINGTON - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday a jury found ROBERT LEE MCQUEEN, 61, guilty on six drugs charges and a firearm charge. The four-day trial was presided over by Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox. MCQUEEN, a pastor at the Burning Bush Missionary Church and the owner of McQ Bail Bonds, both located in Fayetteville, North Carolina, was convicted of one count of conspiring to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846, which carries maximum penalties of up to 40 years’ imprisonment followed by up to five years’ supervised release and a fine of up to $2,000,000.00; three counts of aiding and abetting the distribution of heroin and two counts of distribution of heroin, all in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1), which carries maximum penalties for each count of up to 20 years’ imprisonment followed by up to three years’ supervised release and a fine of up to $1,000,000.00; and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 924(c), which carries maximum penalties of up to life imprisonment, consecutive to any other sentenced, followed by up to five years’ supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.00.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on September 2, 2009.

According to evidence presented at trial, on October 17, 2008, the Fayetteville Police Department received information regarding the dealing of illegal heroin. From October 20, 2008, to October 28, 2008, seven controlled purchases were performed while law enforcement performed surveillance. During the surveillance, MCQUEEN was seen on three occasions. The investigation revealed that MCQUEEN was listed as the owner of one of the residences that was under surveillance.

On October 28, 2008, a search warrant was executed on MCQUEEN’S property, his black SUV, and a second residence, which belonged to co-defendant Madeline Nadine Chambers. Inside Chambers’ resident, officers discovered $916.00, out of which $540.00 was money from the previous controlled buys, a cutting agent, and other drug paraphernalia.

During the search warrant at MCQUEEN’s residence, law enforcement recovered over 30 grams of heroin, a cutting agent, other drug paraphernalia, along with $5000.00 on MCQUEEN. Inside MCQUEEN’s SUV, two firearms and over $16,000.00 were found. Another co-defendant, Chester Arthur Hunt, was stopped a short distance from the residence because he was seen leaving the residence just prior to the execution of the search warrant. In his possession was approximately 100 bindles of heroin. Both Chambers and Hunt stated they purchase their heroin from MCQUEEN.

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 Explosive and the Fayetteville Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Rudy E. Renfer represented the government.

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