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WEDNESDAY - May 18, 2011

GREENVILLE AREA DRUG DEALER RECEIVES FEDERAL PRISON TERM

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday United States District Judge James C. Dever III, sentenced TODD SHONTE TYSON, 28, of Greenville, North Carolina, to 216 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Superseding Criminal Indictment on September 9, 2010in which TYSON, along with co-defendants, Katrell Marque Joyner, Larry Darnell Edwards and Tevia Alondra Parrish were charged. On October 18, 2010, TYSON pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (crack) and 500 grams or more of cocaine. The other co-defendants pleaded guilty to the same charge.

According to the investigation, law enforcement learned of TYSON’s drug operation from his residence. Twice during the month of October, 2009, controlled purchases were arranged and executed, in which 2.94 grams and 3 grams of crack cocaine were purchased from TYSON.

Followed the controlled buys a search warrant was executed at TYSON’s residence in which 72.4376 grams of crack cocaine and a digital scale were found in a bedroom. In a plastic bag in a toilet, another 5.698 grams of crack was found. Officers also located another 182 grams of crack in a local hotel room that TYSON directed Parrishto rent.

The investigation revealed that TYSON was responsible for the distribution of over 3.5 kilograms of crack cocaine. At the time of the search warrant, TYSON and Joynerwere out on bail from an October 2008 arrest in South Carolina for trafficking 145 grams of crack cocaine and 55 grams of cocaine.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office. 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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