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WEDNESDAY - November 10, 2010

WILMINGTON - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox sentenced two adoptive brothers for their drug trafficking activities in Greenville, North Carolina. NICHOLAS SCOTT HARRIS, 21, received 75 months’ imprisonment and CODY HARRIS received 80 months’ imprisonment. Both defendants, who are from Greenville, North Carolina, will be on supervised release for three years following their terms of imprisonment. Additionally, NICHOLAS HARRIS had restitution imposed of $4,900.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on May 12, 2010. On August 2, 2010, both defendants pled guilty to conspiring to distribute and possessing with intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine. Additionally, CODY pled guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and NICHOLAS pled guilty to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

From November 5, 2009 to December 22, 2009, CODY sold cocaine to a confidential informant cocaine five times. NICHOLAS was present during two of these sales. On January 7, 2010, the informant ordered cocaine from CODY. As officers approached CODY’s car in the parking lot of the Greenville Mall, NICHOLAS jumped from the car and entered the mall. While running through the mall, NICHOLAS threw 39.5 grams of cocaine into a trash can. After apprehending NICHOLAS in the mall, an officer found an unloaded .25 caliber handgun in his pocket. CODY was arrested in a nearby parking lot. Following CODY’s arrest, officers searched his residence where they found 33.6 grams of cocaine and a loaded 9mm handgun.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the the Greenville Drug Task Force, including the Greenville Police Department, . 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.

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