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THURSDAY - March 24, 2011

GARLAND, NORTH CAROLINA MAN SENTENCED IN

LARGE DRUG INVESTIGATION

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today United States District Judge James C. Dever III, sentenced GREGROY ANTONIO MCKOY, 25, of Garland, North Carolina, to 210 months’ imprisonment followed by five years’ supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on June 24, 2010. On October 18, 2010, MCKOY pled guilty to distributing 50 grams or more of cocaine base (crack).

On April 20, 2010, a controlled buy was conducted in which 61 grams of crack cocaine were purchased from MCKOY for $2,200 in Wilmington, North Carolina. MCKOY was arrested by members of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.

This case was brought as a part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Operation entitled Don Quixote, investigating importers and multi-level distributors of cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin, Ecstasy and gang activity associated with this distribution. This organization is responsible for the importation and distribution of more than 350 kilograms of cocaine, more than 130 kilograms of crack cocaine, 3 kilograms of heroin, 20,000 Ecstacy pills and more than 20 kilograms of marijuana into Eastern North Carolina since 2003. To date, 50 people have been sentenced in federal court as a part of this operation.

Investigation of this case is being conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms; the Federal Bureau of Investigations Safe Streets Task Force (Wilmington); the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations; the Wilmington Police Department; the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office; the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office; the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office; the Pender County Sheriff’s Office; the Holly Ridge Police Department; the Topsail Police Department and the Surf City Police Department. Special Assistant United States Attorney Timothy Severo represents the government. Mr. Severo is a prosecutor with the New Hanover District Attorney’s Office. District Attorney Ben David has assigned him to the United States Attorney’s Office to prosecute federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force criminal matters. This has been made possible by a grant funded by the Governor’s Crime Commission and the New Hanover County Commissioners.

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