FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
WEDNESDAY - October 13, 2010
PASTOR AND BAIL BONDSMAN SENTENCED TO IMPRISONMENT FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
NEW BERN - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday ROBERT LEE MCQUEEN, 61, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, was sentenced to 169 months imprisonment for his role in a drug trafficking conspiracy.
On September 2, 2009, a Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment that charged one count of conspiring to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, three counts of aiding and abetting the distribution of heroin, one count of distributing heroin, one count of possession with the intent to distribute heroin, and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense. On June 17, 2010, after a four-day trial, a jury found MCQUEEN guilty of on all counts.
The evidence in the case established that from December, 2007, through October, 2008, MCQUEEN distributed heroin out of a rental property he owned off of Slater Avenue in Fayetteville. The distribution was primarily to other heroin dealers in that area. As part of the investigation, a search warrant was executed at the rental property while MCQUEEN was present. During the search, heroin, firearms, drug packaging materials, and over $21,000 in cash were seized. It was revealed in court that, while the criminal charges were pending, MCQUEEN offered money to a prospective witness to encourage that witness to provide false testimony. During that same proceeding, it was revealed that MCQUEEN offered to bond out a co-defendant if that person would flee North Carolina. While engaged in the drug trafficking conspiracy, MCQUEEN was the pastor at the Burning Bush Missionary Baptist Church and owner of McQ Bail Bonding, both located in Fayetteville.
Investigation of this case was conducted by the Fayetteville Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant United States Attorney Rudy E. Renfer represented the government.
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