FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TUESDAY - January 18, 2011
PARKTON MAN SENTENCED TO 210 MONTHS ON COCAINE CHARGES
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court on January 13, 2011, JOSE MANUEL-CALIXT MENDEZ, 42, of Parkton, North Carolina, was sentenced by United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle to 210 months imprisonment followed by five years supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (crack), distribution of 50 grams or more of cocaine base (crack) on May 19, 2005, and June 7, 2005, and distribution of five grams or more of cocaine base (crack) on January 19, 2005, January 27, 2005, and February 22, 2006. MENDEZ pleaded guilty on June 7, 2010, to all six counts of an Indictment against him, admitting to the aforementioned distributions and also that he participated in the drug conspiracy from 2001 to May 7, 2009.
Law enforcement utilized a confidential informant to make five audio recorded controlled purchases of crack cocaine from MENDEZ and his co-conspirator, Robert Hubbard. Hubbard was also prosecuted federally and was sentenced on April 27, 2010, to time served and three years supervised release. One of the controlled purchases occurred at MENDEZ’S residence where MENDEZ sold the confidential informant 127.2 grams of cocaine base (crack) in exchange for $3,800.00. Hubbard assisted in arranging the transaction and drove the confidential informant to MENDEZ’S residence.
MENDEZ was a target of Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Operations “MATADOR” and “UNTOUCHABLE,” which are investigations being conducted by local, state, and federal authorities targeting significant drug traffickers in and around the Cumberland County and Robeson County area. The investigation of MENDEZ was led by the Cumberland County Bureau of Narcotics (CCBN), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office. The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation also participated in the case.
In response to this case, Mr. Holding stated, “The dedication of our state and local law enforcement continues as they seek to identify and apprehend drug traffickers in our communities. Without their assistance, federal prosecution would not be possible. Our gratitude for their hard work and tireless efforts many times goes unnoticed. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase their fine work and thank them for it.”
Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Royster served as the prosecutor for the government.
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