FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TUESDAY - August 2, 2011
FORMER MEMBER OF COAST GUARD SENTENCED IN DRUG CONSPIRACY
RALEIGH - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court yesterday Chief United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced KENNETH WAID, JR., 32, of Jacksonville, North Carolina, to 108 months’ imprisonment to be served consecutively to his state prison term arising from the death of his infant son. WAID is not due to be released from state prison until 2014.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on August 28, 2009. On September 29, 2010, WAID was found guilty by a jury of conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846.
This case arose out of an investigation into the death of WAID’s month and a half old infant while the infant was in his custody. As the course of that investigation progressed, investigators learned that WAID was involved in the distribution of cocaine. This investigation revealed that from on or about February 1, 2006, to May 14, 2006, WAID distributed cocaine out of his residence. WAID was on active duty with the Coast Guard during this time and was observed in a Coast Guard uniform during some of the drug transactions. Evidence at trial indicated that during questioning by investigators about the allegations of drug distribution, WAID admitted he had been dealing about five kilograms of cocaine out of his residence, averaging about three ounces of cocaine every other day.
Investigation of this case was conducted by the Coast Guard Investigative Service. Assistant United States Attorney Rudy E. Renfer represented the government.
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