FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
WEDNESDAY - May 4, 2011
TWO-COUNTY DRUG DEALER SENTENCED
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday United States District Judge James C. Dever III, sentenced DANTE CORNELIUS BOYCE, 33, of Robersonville, North Carolina, to 186 months’ imprisonment followed by five years’ supervised release.
A Criminal Information was filed on October 26, 2010. On January 24, 2011, BOYCE pled guilty to conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine and 50 grams or more of cocaine base (crack).
According to the investigation, in 2005 law enforcement initiated a probe into the selling of illegal drugs by BOYCE in Pitt County. In 2009, the investigation continued in Martin County. During the course of the investigation, several controlled purchases were arranged in which BOYCE sold varying amounts of powder and crack cocaine amounting to 56.1 grams and 64.8 grams, respectively. In addition, information law enforcement received revealed that BOYCE recruited an individual to transport the cocaine on his behalf. The investigation revealed that BOYCE was responsible for distributing more than 4 kilograms of cocaine and more than 6 kilograms of crack cocaine over approximately 10 years. Investigation of this case was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, the Williamson Police Department and the Greenville Police Department. Special Assistant United States Attorney Glenn Perry was the assigned Prosecutor.Mr. Perry is a prosecutor with the Pitt County District Attorney’s Office.District Attorney Clark Everett 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.
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