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MONDAY - January 24, 2011


RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court on January 21, 2011, LIAL MCKOY, 33, DONTE JONES, 22, and DUSHAUN UTLEY, 30, of Raleigh, North Carolina, were sentenced by Chief United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan for their roles in a drug trafficking conspiracy. MCKOY was sentenced to 294 months’ imprisonment; JONES received 303 months’ imprisonment; and UTLEY, 157 months’ imprisonment. All three received five years of supervised release following their terms of imprisonment.

A Federal Grand Jury returned an indictment on September 11, 2009, charging MCKOY, JONES, and UTLEY with conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and 50 grams or more of crack cocaine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846. All three pled guilty to the conspiracy charge at different times from November, 2009, through January, 2010.

This case arose out of an investigation into drug trafficking by gang members after numerous gang members and their associates were targeted as distributors of narcotics in the Raleigh area. Among the various targets identified were MCKOY, JONES, and UTLEY. The evidence showed that MCKOY was normally the person who arranged the drug transactions and UTLEY commonly completed the transactions after MCKOY set them up. At other times, both MCKOY and UTLEY would conduct drug transactions independent of each other. The evidence also showed that JONES was a customer of MCKOY then later began purchasing cocaine from the same source of supply as MCKOY. All told MCKOY, JONES, and UTLEY were estimated to have been responsible for the distribution of approximately 42 kilograms of crack cocaine and 10 kilograms of powder cocaine.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Raleigh Police Department in conjunction with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Rudy E. Renfer represented the government.

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