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WEDNESDAY - April 20, 2011


ELIZABETH CITY - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced three Wilson crack dealers. LIONEL RAY MCCALL, 23, received 262 months’ imprisonment, CHAD EMORY JONES, 26, received 150 months’ imprisonment, and CHRISTOPHER DON GRAY, 32, received 120 months’ imprisonment. All three defendants received five years’ supervised release following their terms of imprisonment and restitution of $5,030 was imposed.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on July 9, 2010. On October 25, 2010, MCCALL and JONES pled guilty; MCCALL to conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (crack) and a quantity of cocaine, and JONES to aiding and abetting the distribution of five grams or more of cocaine base (crack). On January 11, 2011, GRAY pled guilty to conspiring to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (crack) and a quantity of cocaine.

According to the investigation, in 2009, law enforcement arranged controlled purchases of illegal drugs from JONES and GRAY, in which GRAY would purchase the crack from MCCALL and broker the transactions. JONES sold various kinds of illegal drugs, along with firearms, during the controlled buys. From June, 2009, to January, 2010, the conspirators engaged in nine controlled buys.

On January 25, 2010, MCCALL and JONES were arrested. At that time they were in possession of 8.2 grams of marijuana, 3 grams or cocaine and digital scales.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Wilson Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Ethan Ontjes represented the government.

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