FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
THURSDAY - August 4, 2011
FINAL TWO DEFENDANTS SENTENCED IN SAMPSON COUNTY DRUG TRAFFICKING RING
WILMINGTON - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court yesterday Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox sentenced the last two defendants in an extensive methamphetamine trafficking ring. MICHAEL BRADLEY GLOVER , 28, of Erwin, North Carolina, received 141 months’ imprisonment and CLIFTON RAY PLEASANT, 31, of Dunn, North Carolina, received 197 months’ imprisonment. Additionally, PLEASANT was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $3,545.50
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on July 16, 2010, charging the defendants. On December 7, 2010, both defendants pled guilty to conspiring to manufacture, distribute, dispense and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of Methamphetamine.
This Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation, entitled “Speedbump,” focused on a loosely organized ring that manufactured, distributed, and used methamphetamine in Sampson, Harnett, Johnston and Wayne Counties from 2001 to 2010. According to the investigation, in 2005, law enforcement received complaints regarding suspected drug activities at the Dunn residence of co-defendant Michael Connelly. According to the investigation, evidence was obtained through seized contraband during traffic stops, surveillance, and pharmacy records, which established that the defendants manufactured and distributed the meth.
Last month five co-defendants were sentenced. Christopher Michael Connelly, Michael Stephen Norris, Brandon Greenwood, John Taylor Tyer, and his son, Jacob Scott Tyer, received sentences ranging from 72 months’ imprisonment to 300 months’ imprisonment.
Investigation of this case was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office, the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office, the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office, the Coats Police Department, the Erwin Police Department, the Clayton Police Department, and the Dunn Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Wells prosecuted the matter on behalf of the United States.
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