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THURSDAY - September 22, 2011


RALEIGH - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court todayUnited State District Judge James C. Dever III, sentenced SHAWN KENDRICK DANIELS, 38, of Manteo, North Carolina, to 252 months’ imprisonment followed by 5 years’ supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on September 12, 2010. On December 6, 2010, DANIELS pled guilty to conspiring to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine and 5 grams or more of cocaine base (crack), in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846; distributing five grams or more of cocaine base (crack) within 1,000 feet of the real property comprising a public or private school or a playground, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 850; and laundering of monetary instruments, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1956(a)(1)(B)(I).

According to the investigation, in April, 2010, law enforcement was alerted that DANIELS was selling illegal drugs in the Manteo area. From April 30, 2010, to July 16, 2010, controlled purchases of cocaine were made from DANIELS at his residence which was located within 1,000 feet of a school. Further investigation revealed that based on historical information DANIELS was responsible for selling more than 17 kilograms of cocaine and 140 grams of crack cocaine.

This case was brought as a part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Operation entitled Dare Devil, investigating importers and multi-level distributors of cocaine and cocaine base (crack) into Dare and Currituck Counties.

Investigation of the case is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement, the Currituck County Sheriff’s Office, the Dare County Sheriff’s Office, and the Kill Devil Hill Police Department. Special Assistant United States Attorney Timothy Severo represents the government. Mr. Severo is a prosecutor with the New Hanover District Attorney’s Office. District Attorney Ben David 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 and the New Hanover County Commissioners.


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