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WEDNESDAY - March 10, 2010


GREENVILLE - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday United States District Judge Malcolm J. Howard sentenced JAMES RICKY PERRY, 51, previously of Nash County, North Carolina, to 144 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release. Also, a fine of $5,000 was imposed by the Court.

A Federal Grand Jury in the Eastern District of North Carolina returned a Criminal Indictment on July 14, 2009, charging conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine. On August 19, 2009, the Central District of California filed a Criminal Information charging false statement in an application of a United States passport. After obtaining consent in October to combine the cases, the California charge was transferred to North Carolina and the cases combined. On November 9, 2009, PERRY pled guilty before United States Magistrate Judge David W. Daniel.

In 2004, a drug buy overseen by law enforcement was performed. PERRY, a mid-level drug dealer, sold 497.1 grams of cocaine to a confidential informant at a residence in Middlesex, North Carolina. On May 29, 2009, an agent with the United States State Department received information from the United States Marshals Service that PERRY had submitted an application for a United States passport under the false name of Rodney Eugene Williams. PERRY was arrested when he re-entered the United States using the fraudulent passport after fleeing to the Philippines to avoid the charges in North Carolina.

PERRY had been a fugitive and was on the United States Marshals Service 10 Most Wanted list for the past five years.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the United States State Department, the United States Marshals Service, the Bladen County Narcotics Task Force and the Nash County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Ethan Ontjes represented the government.

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