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MONDAY - April 25, 2011


RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today United States District Judge James C. Dever III, sentenced SYLVESTER NORVILLE, 56, of Rocky Mount, North Carolina, to 121 months’ imprisonment.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on October 13, 2010. On January 10, 2011, NORVILLE pled guilty to conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and five grams or more of cocaine base (crack).

According to the investigation, on June 3, 2010, law enforcement received information that NORVILLE was in possession of a large amount of crack cocaine. Officers responded and performed a traffic stop as NORVILLE was leaving the restaurant in his vehicle. Officers searched the vehicle finding and seizing 29.2 grams of crack cocaine. The investigation also revealed that NORVILLE had conspired to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute multiple ounces of powder cocaine.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office and the Rocky Mount Police Department. Special Assistant United States Attorney Nathan Huff represented the government. Mr. Huff is an assistant district attorney in the Seventh Prosecutorial District, comprised of Nash, Wilson, and Edgecombe Counties. District Attorney Robert A. Evans has assigned him to the United States Attorney’s Office to prosecute federal drug and organized crime cases. This has been made possible by a grant funded by the Governor’s Crime Commission.


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