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TUESDAY - March 30, 2010

DRUG DEALER SENTENCED TO FEDERAL TIME

NEW BERN - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today Chief United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced TONY JAMES ROUSE, 33, of Snow Hill, North Carolina, to 72 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on March 11, 2009. On September 9, 2009, ROUSE pled guilty to conspiring to distribute and possessing with the intent to distribute more than 50 grams of cocaine base (crack).

On May 6, 2008, after receiving information regarding the keeping and selling of cocaine at a Stantonsburg residence, law enforcement executed a search warrant on the residence. As officers entered the house, they saw ROUSE attempting to flush a bag of crack down the toilet. ROUSE was apprehended after attempting to flee and officers found $248 on him. Found in the residence was marijuana, crack, ammunition and digital scales.

In July, 2008, law enforcement again received information regarding drug distribution activities of ROUSE. It was learned that ROUSE and his brother, co-defendant Antonio Maurice Rouse, were selling large amounts of powder cocaine and crack cocaine in the Snow Hill and Farmville areas. As a result of this information, several controlled buys were initiated in the months that followed. In September, 2008, prior to the final controlled buy, officers arrested ROUSE and his brother.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Greenville/Pitt County Drug Task Force including the Greenville Police Department and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the Greene County Sheriff’s Office. Special Assistant United States Attorney Glenn Perry was the assigned 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.

News releases are available on the U. S. Attorney’s web page at www.usdoj.gov/usao/nce within 48 hours of release.

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