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WEDNESDAY - June 23, 2010

AYDEN DRUG DEALER GOES TO FEDERAL PRISON

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, sentenced MICHAEL JEROME THOMPSON, 37, of Ayden, North Carolina, to 144 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on September 10, 2008. On June 23, 2009, THOMPSON pled guilty to distributing more than 50 grams of cocaine base (crack) and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. This case is part of an on-going investigation of drug distributors in the Greenville and surrounding areas in which THOMPSON was identified as a distributor. From April 5, 2006 to May 11, 2006, three controlled buys were conducted in which powder cocaine and crack cocaine were purchased from THOMPSON. On May 24, 2006, after an order for illegal drugs was placed with THOMPSON, a traffic stop was attempted. THOMPSON stopped his vehicle after one of the officers pulled an official vehicle in front of THOMPSON’s car. However, THOMPSON sped away almost striking one of the officers. THOMPSON was apprehended after he had to abandon his disabled vehicle. A search of THOMPSON’s residence following his arresting recovered a stolen .380 caliber handgun along with .380 and .357 caliber ammunition, 6.4 grams of marijuana, 0.4 grams of cocaine, and miscellaneous drug paraphernalia.

Investigation of this case was conducted by 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. Prosecutor.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.

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