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WEDNESDAY - May 18, 2011


RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced NATHAN PRADY, 32, of Creedmoor, North Carolina, to 76 months’ imprisonment to be followed by four years of supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on December 9, 2010, charging PRADY with attempting to possess with the intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846. PRADY entered a plea of guilty to that charge on February 17, 2011.

This case arose out of an investigation into drug trafficking activity taking place at the Federal Correctional Institute (FCI) in Butner, North Carolina. The investigation revealed that on December 1, 2010, PRADY, who was employed at FCI Butner as a cook supervisor, attempted to obtain eight ounces of heroin from a person PRADY believed to be a drug trafficker. The evidence showed that PRADY made several phone calls to a person he believed had heroin smuggled in from Texas. During these phone calls, PRADY negotiated a weight of eight ounces of heroin he wanted to purchase. PRADY also discussed the time and location for the drug transaction to occur. When PRADY arrived at the meet location, he was arrested by law enforcement without incident. Based on the investigation, it is believed PRADY was to smuggle the heroin into the prison facility.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the United States Department of Justice - Office of the Inspector General, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, and the Granville County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Rudy E. Renfer represented the government.


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