FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
MONDAY - April 4, 2011
LENOIR COUNTY DRUG DEALER RECEIVES FEDERAL SENTENCE
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today United States District Judge James C. Dever III, sentenced JEFFREY LEE MCCOTTER, 31, of Kinston, North Carolina, to 480 months’ imprisonment followed by 10 years’ supervised release.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Superseding Criminal Indictment on January 14, 2010. On May 17, 2010, MCCOTTER pled guilty to conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine and more than 50 grams of cocaine base (crack).
According to the investigation, MCCOTTER was identified as a major cocaine distributor by the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office. On October 28, 2008, a controlled buy was arranged in which MCCOTTER sold four and a half ounces of cocaine to the confidential informant. On March 20, 2009, MCCOTTER was arrested and placed in custody at the Lenoir County Jail. During his incarceration, he placed a call, which was recorded, instructing his girlfriend to retrieve cocaine from a stash house and give it to her cousin for distribution. A few days later, during another recorded call, the girlfriend informed MCCOTTER that the cocaine had been sold, however, she had been swindled.
Further investigation revealed that from 1998 to 2008, MCCOTTER sold over 47 kilograms of powder cocaine and over 1.5 kilograms of crack cocaine. MCCOTTER was sentenced as a career offender due to his extensive criminal record.
Investigation of this case was conducted by the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office, the Kinston Police Department, the Greenville Police Department, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration. 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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