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MONDAY - February 14, 2011


NEW BERN - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court on February 11, 2011, Chief United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced BRANDON TREVARUS WOODS, also known as “Cabbage,” 26, of Raleigh, North Carolina, to 188 months’ imprisonment followed by five years’ supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on August 11, 2010. On November 9, 2010, WOODS pled guilty to the three-count Indictment which charged two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm which was not registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.

According to the investigation, on January 20, 2010, law enforcement was notified that a man known as “Cabbage,” was willing to sell a gun. The following day, a purchase of the shotgun was orchestrated. During surveillance, WOODS was seen walking out of a residence carrying a duffel bag. Entering a parked vehicle occupied by two informants, WOODS sat in the front passenger seat for a short amount of time and then got out. Shortly afterward law enforcement inspected the vehicle and recovered a sawed-off 12 gauge shotgun loaded with two rounds of ammunition.

Further, on April 20, 2010, a controlled purchase of marijuana from WOODS was arranged. As WOODS walked to the arranged meeting location, officers converged on him. As officers called out for WOODS to stop, he did not stop. After subduing WOODS, a search yielded a silver .32 Caliber Handgun in WOOD’s right rear pocket and around 10 grams of marijuana.

This case was part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods(PSN) initiative which encourages federal, state, and local agencies to cooperate in a unified “team effort” against gun crime, targeting repeat offenders who continually plague their communities.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Raleigh Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Jane Jackson represented the government.

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