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TUESDAY - September 6, 2011

DRUG DEALER SENTENCED TO FEDERAL PRISON TERM

RALEIGH - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court today United State District Judge James C. Dever III, sentenced LARRY DARNELL EDWARDS, 27, of Farmville, North Carolina to 24 months’ imprisonment followed by five years’ supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Superseding Criminal Indictment on September 9, 2010. On May 2, 2011, EDWARDS pled 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.

According to the investigation, law enforcement learned of the illegal drug trafficking out of the Greenville residence of co-defendant Todd Shonte Tyson. Following two controlled purchases in 2009, a search warrant was obtained for the residence. When law enforcement entered the residence Tyson and his cousin, EDWARDS, along with co-defendants Katrell Marque Joyner and Tevia Alondra Parrish were there. It was determined that EDWARDS also resided there and was part of the drug distribution activities. In the bedroom in which EDWARDS occupied, officers found a shotgun and a magazine for an AR-15 assault rifle. Next to the computer in the living room, officers seized a loaded AR-15 containing a 30-round magazine.

Further investigation revealed that EDWARDS would accompany Tyson on trips to Atlanta to retrieve drugs and transport them back to Greenville. On two trips EDWARDS was with Tyson when he met Parrish to pick up drugs and on three occasions EDWARDS met Parrish alone to pick up the drugs.

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