FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
THURSDAY - February 3, 2011
PENDER COUNTY MAN RECEIVES 20-YEAR PRISON SENTENCE
FOR ILLEGAL DRUG DISTRIBUTION
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday United States District Judge James C. Dever III, sentenced NOEL “BOBBY” KENYON REDD, 36, of Pender County, North Carolina, to 240 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on January 27, 2010. On May 17, 2010, REDD pled guilty to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base (crack).
Between September 17, 2009, and October 9, 2009, REDD, or someone acting at his direction, sold crack cocaine to an agent working for the Pender County Sheriff’s Department. On February 8, 2010, REDD was arrested by the Pender County Sheriff’s Department in possession of an additional quantity of crack cocaine and United States currency. The investigation uncovered that REDD was responsible for distributing more than six kilograms of crack.
This case was brought as a part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Operation entitled Don Quixote, investigating importers and multi-level distributors of cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin, Ecstasy and gang activity associated with this distribution. This organization is responsible for the importation and distribution of more than 350 kilograms of cocaine, more than 125 kilograms of crack cocaine, 3 kilograms of heroin, 20,000 Ecstacy pills and more than 20 kilograms of marijuana into Eastern North Carolina since 2003. To date, 48 people have been sentenced in federal court as a part of this operation.
The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Federal Bureau of Investigations Safe Streets Task Force (Wilmington); the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations; the Wilmington Police Department; the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office; the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office; the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office; the Pender County Sheriff’s Office; the Holly Ridge Police Department; the Top Sail Police Department and the Surf City 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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