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TUESDAY - March 8, 2011

PEMBROKE MAN SENTENCED FOR ILLEGAL DRUG SALES

NEW BERN - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court on February 25, 2011 Chief United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced THOMAS EARL SMITH, 29, of Pembroke, North Carolina, to 135 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on February 17, 2010. On July 29, 2010, SMITH pled guilty to conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (crack) and a quantity of cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense.

The investigation, which started from complaints from the community, regarding SMITH’s illegal drug distribution from his Pembroke residence, included numerous controlled purchases. The total amount of illegal drug sales by SMITH of crack cocaine was more than 175 grams and 152 grams of powder cocaine. SMITH, a previously convicted felon, also possessed multiple firearms during his drug trafficking activities, which included among others a Smith & Wesson .40 caliber pistol and an RG Industries .22 caliber revolver.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the North Carolina Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement, and the Robeson County Sheriff’s office.

News releases are available on the U. S. Attorney’s web page at www.usdoj.gov/usao/nce within 48 hours of release.

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