FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TUESDAY - April 26, 2011
WILMINGTON - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox sentenced PERRY JOSEPH ROGERS, 36, of Oxford, North Carolina, to 196 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on July 28, 2010. On December 13, 2010, ROGERS pled guilty to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (crack) and a quantity of cocaine.
The investigationrevealed that ROGERS was responsible for distributing more than two kilograms of crack cocaine base and two kilograms of cocaine into Oxford, North Carolina, and surrounding areas. A controlled purchase was arranged in which 23 grams of crack cocaine were purchased from ROGERS on March 16, 2010 in Oxford, North Carolina. ROGERS was arrested pursuant to a joint operation between the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the Oxford Police Department.
This case was brought as a part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Operation entitled Grapevine, investigating importers and multi-level distributors of cocaine and crack cocaine. Eleven defendants have been sentenced in federal court as a part of this investigation.
Investigation of this case is being conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Oxford Police Department, the Henderson Police Department, and the Petersburg, Virginia, Police Department. Special Assistant United States Attorney Timothy Severo represents the government. Mr. Severo is a prosecutor with the New Hanover District Attorney’s Office. District Attorney Ben David 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 and the New Hanover County Commissioners.
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