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TUESDAY - November 16, 2010


WILMINGTON - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court on November 12, 2010, Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox sentenced three defendants for illegal drug distribution. ANTOINE STEED, 29, received 225 months’ imprisonment, TONY ALBERT EDMONDS, 33, received 157 months’ imprisonment, and SCOTTIE EDMONDS, 29, received 108 months’ imprisonment. All of the defendants are from Oxford, North Carolina.

In March and April, 2010, two separate Criminal Indictments were returned charging TONY EDMONDS and STEED, respectively, and on April 4, 2010, SCOTTIE EDMONDS was charged by Criminal Information. In the Spring of this year, each defendant pled guilty to conspiring to distribute more than 50 grams of cocaine base (crack).

The investigation revealed that STEED was responsible for distributing more than three kilograms of cocaine and half a kilogram of crack cocaine between late 2008 and January 2010. At the request of the Oxford Police Department, two controlled buys were arranged where 13 grams of crack cocaine and 55 grams of crack cocaine were purchased on February 3, 2010, and February 25, 2010, respectively.

The investigation uncovered that TONEY EDMONDS had taken part in the distribution of more than one kilogram of cocaine base (crack) and one kilogram of powder cocaine. TONEY EDMONDS also sold more than 100 grams of cocaine base (crack) during controlled purchases in Oxford, North Carolina, between November and December 2009.

SCOTTIE EDMONDS, between November 2009 and March 4, 2010, sold more than 180 grams of crack during controlled buys which were requested of the Oxford Police Department.

All three defendants were arrested pursuant to a joint operation between the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the Oxford Police Department.

This case was brought as a part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Operation entitled Grapevine, investigating importers and multi-level distributors of cocaine and crack cocaine. Investigation of this OCEDTF case was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the Oxford Police Department. Special Assistant United States Attorney Timothy Severo represents the government.


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