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TUESDAY - August 2, 2011

FEDERAL SENTENCE FOR GREENVILLE DRUG TRAFFICKER

RALEIGH - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court yesterday Chief United State District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced ANTHONY SEAN YANCEY, 35, of Greenville, North Carolina to 155 months’ imprisonment followed by three years’ supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on December 9, 2010. On March 15, 2011, YANCEY pled guilty to conspiring to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute a quantity of heroin.

According to the investigation, in April, 2010, law enforcement learned of the distribution of illegal drugs by YANCEY. The investigation further revealed that YANCEY had been distributing heroin since at least November, 2008, and that he obtained the drugs from a source in New York, transported it to North Carolina, where he repackaged it and sold it in Greenville. Because of the information received, in April, 2010, four controlled purchases were arranged in which varying amounts of heroin were sold through a third party who was supplied by YANCEY. Additionally, it was learned that YANCEY would be traveling back from New York after re-supplying with heroin on April 23, 2010. On that date, a traffic stop was performed on the vehicle in which YANCEY was traveling and approximately 21 grams of heroin were found. It is estimated that in total YANCEY sold 149.26 grams of heroin.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Greenville Drug Task Force, which included the Drug Enforcement Administration, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Greenville Police Department and the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office. 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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