FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TUESDAY - October 25, 2011
DRUG DEALER SENTENCED FOR FIREARMS AND COUNTERFEIT
NEW BERN - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court yesterday United State District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced QUINTON BERNARD SUTTON, 33, of Wilson, North Carolina, to 130 months’ imprisonment followed by five years’ supervised release.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Superseding Criminal Indictment on July 9, 2010. On September 14, 2010, SUTTON pled guilty to conspiring to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of cocaine base (crack), use of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and dealing in counterfeit currency.
According to the investigation, in 2008 and 2009, SUTTON sold crack cocaine to various individuals in the Wilson area. He also sold counterfeit currency. On November 3, 2008, a bag containing 44 grams of crack cocaine, $13,800.00 in counterfeit currency, and a .22 caliber pistol were found near where SUTTON resided. Fingerprints on the counterfeit currency were matched to SUTTON. The investigation continued and a controlled buy was arranged in which crack cocaine was purchased from SUTTON on October 28, 2009, October 29, 2009 and November 2, 2009.
Investigation of this case was conducted by the United States Secret Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Wilson Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Jane Jackson is serving as prosecutor for the government.
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