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WEDNESDAY - May 4, 2011


NEW BERN - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court on Friday, April 29, 2011, Chief United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced JEREMIAH WILLIAMS, 26, of Raleigh, North Carolina, to 170 months’ imprisonment followed by five years’ supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on May 5, 2010. On July 29, 2010, WILLIAMS pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1), and possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c).

According to documents filed with the Court, through the use of a confidential source, on August 7, 2009, police officers performed a controlled purchase of marijuana and crack cocaine from WILLIAMS. Following the sale, WILLIAMS was promptly arrested. A search of his vehicle was conducted where a Taurus 9mm semi-automatic pistol was found. Based on lab analysis, it was learned that there was 5.2 grams of marijuana and 1 gram of crack.

This case was part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods(PSN) initiative which encourages federal, state, and local agencies to cooperate in a unified “team effort” against gun crime, targeting repeat offenders who continually plague their communities.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Apex Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Felice McConnell Corpening represented the government.


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