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THURSDAY - March 10, 2011

RALEIGH DRUG DEALER RECEIVES OVER 41 YEARS IN PRISON

WILMINGTON - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court on March 2, 2011, Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox sentenced CHRISTOPHER STEPHONE COBB, 26, of Raleigh, North Carolina, to 500 months’ imprisonment followed by five years’ supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Superseding Criminal Indictment on August 18, 2010. On November 16, 2010, following a two-day trial, COBB was found guilty of unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition by a felon, two counts of possession with intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine base (crack), possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, and unlawful possession of ammunition by a felon.

According to evidence presented at trial, on October 29, 2009, a police officer observed an alleged drug transaction. Recognizing COBB as one of the individuals involved in the drug sale, the officer ran COBB’s name to ascertain if any warrants were outstanding. When the officer learned that there were five arrest warrants for failure to appear, two of which involved assaulting an officer, a call for additional assistance was requested. When additional law enforcement arrived and approached COBB, he reached into his coat pocket, then fled from the officers, slipping out of his coat. After COBB was quickly apprehended and the coat recovered, officers found a Galesi, Model 504 pistol, ammunition and 4.4 grams of crack cocaine.

While conducting surveillance in an area of Raleigh known for high crime rates, on January 14, 2010, COBB was identified as one of the individuals involved in an alleged drug transaction. COBB was arrested. Following his release the next day, officers attempted to perform a traffic stop. COBB tried to elude police by exiting the vehicle and fleeing on foot. K-9 officers were called in to assist and COBB was discovered hiding inside a dumpster. A search of COBB’s vehicle recovered a dosage unit of crack cocaine and one round of ammunition.

COBB’s previous felony convictions include four counts of conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, three counts of second degree kidnaping, and possession of a firearm by a felon.

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

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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