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WEDNESDAY - November 2, 2011

WILSON DRUG TRAFFICKERS SENTENCED TO FEDERAL PRISON

NEW BERN - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that three Wilson drug traffickers have been sentenced in federal court. On June 2, 2011, DORRIAN DWAYNE WINGATE, 33, received 131 months’ imprisonment, while,his brother, RONALD LEE WINGATE, 35, received 76 months’ imprisonment. On September 26, 2011, JOSAND FARMER, 39, received 360 months’ imprisonment.

On August 4, 2010, a Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment. On January 14, 2011, each of the WINGATE brothers pled guilty to conspiring to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base, 1 kilogram or more of phencyclidine (PCP), and a quantity of 3,4 methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA). On March 24, 2011, following a four-day trial, FARMER was found guilty of conspiring to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base, 1 kilogram or more of phencyclidine (PCP), and a quantity of 3,4 methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA); aiding and abetting the distribution of five grams or more of cocaine base (crack); and aiding and abetting the distribution of a quantity of cocaine base (crack).

According to the investigation of the WINGATES, which began in 2009, and of FARMER, which began in 2010, numerous controlled purchases were arranged by law enforcement. Based on information obtained through further investigation, it is estimated that DORRIAN WINGATE was responsible for distributing 3061 grams of PCP, 466.4 grams of crack cocaine, and 1500 Ecstasy pills or 375 grams of MDMA; RONALD WINGATE is responsible for the distribution of 729.2 grams of crack cocaine and FARMER is responsible for distribution 1145.77 grams of crack cocaine and 56.70 grams of PCP.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Wilson Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer E. Wells served as prosecutor for the government.

 

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