FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TUESDAY - September 14, 2010
WILSON MAN PLEADS TO DRUG, FIREARM AND
COUNTERFEIT CURRENCY CHARGES
GREENVILLE - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today QUINTON BERNARD SUTTON, 32, of Wilson, North Carolina, pled guilty before United States Magistrate Judge David W. Daniel to one count of conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of crack cocaine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846; one count of aiding and abetting the possession of firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A); and one count of possession of counterfeit United States currency, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 472.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Superseding Criminal Indictment on July 9, 2010.
During 2008 and 2009, SUTTON sold crack cocaine to various individuals in the Wilson area. He also sold counterfeit currency. On November 3, 2008, a bag containing 44 grams of crack cocaine, $13,800.00 in counterfeit currency, and a .22 caliber pistol was found near SUTTON’s residence. The counterfeit money was sent to the lab for analysis and a match of Sutton’s latent fingerprints to the prints on the counterfeit currency was made. The investigation continued and three controlled purchases of crack cocaine from Sutton were made on October 28, 2009, October 29, 2009 and November 2, 2009.
For the drug charge, the maximum penalty is up to a life-term of imprisonment followed by up to five years' supervised release and a fine of up to $4,000,000. For the firearm charge, the maximum penalty is up to a life-term of imprisonment followed by up to five years' supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. For the possession of counterfeit money, the maximum penalty is up to 20 years' imprisonment followed by up to three years' supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.
This case was part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods(PSN) initiative which encourages federal, state, and local agencies to cooperate in a unified “team effort” against gun crime, targeting repeat offenders who continually plague their communities.
Investigation of this case was conducted by the United States Secret Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Wilson Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Jane Jackson represented the government.
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