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MONDAY - May 9, 2011


GREENVILLE - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today Senior United States District Judge Malcolm J. Howard sentenced SERGIO ESTUPINAN ESTUPINAN, 37, a national of Mexico residing illegally in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, to 180 months’ imprisonment.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on August 13, 2009. On October 7, 2009, ESTUPINAN pled guilty to conspiring to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine.

According to the investigation, on several occasions from 1993 to 2008, contraband was seized from ESTUPINAN. Some of the significant seizures included a traffic stop of a vehicle being driven by ESTUPINAN during which a 1-kilogram package of cocaine fell to the ground as ESTUPINAN was exiting the vehicle. ESTUPINAN re-entered the vehicle and sped off. Further down the road, ESTUPINAN left the car in a wooded area and continued to flee on foot.

Another incident involved a single-vehicle collision in which ESTUPINAN, a passenger in the vehicle, ran from the crash into a wooded area. The State Trooper who had responded to the scene, spotted ESTUPINAN running across the highway. ESTUPINAN was detained, after a chase. A search of the vehicle recovered a large sum of money and a hidden compartment used to store cocaine. A search of the nearby wooded area recovered two duffle bags, also with U.S. currency inside. The total amount of money seized was over $800,000 which ESTUPINAN admitted were proceeds from cocaine trafficking.

The investigation further revealed that ESTUPINAN had suppliers in North Carolina, Texas, Arizona, Virginia and California.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office, the Internal Revenue Service, the Bethel Police Department, the Greenville Drug Task Force, and the Virginia State Police. Special Assistant United States Attorney Glenn Perry represents the government. 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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