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September 13, 2011


WILMINGTON - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court on September 7, 2011, JAMES EDWARD MCCULLOUGH, 41, of Garner, North Carolina, was sentenced to 135 months imprisonment for his role in a marijuana drug trafficking conspiracy.

On April 19, 2011, a Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment that charged one count of conspiring to distribute marijuana, two counts of aiding and abetting the possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, one count of maintaining a location for the distribution of marijuana, and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. On July 5, 2011, MCCULLOUGH entered guilty pleas to the two counts of aiding and abetting the possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

The evidence in the case established that since late 2000 up through and including March, 2009, MCCULLOUGH oversaw a drug conspiracy responsible for distributing over 8,000 kilograms of marijuana. MCCULLOUGH would obtain the marijuana from either New York, California or Texas. He would have a co-conspirator pick-up the marijuana in packages and then MCCULLOUGH would offload the marijuana at one of several stash houses. He or another co-conspirator would then be responsible for the actual distribution of the marijuana.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Raleigh Police Department, the Clayton Police Department and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Rudy E. Renfer represented the government.


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