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roanoke rapids drug dealer sentenced to 11 years in prison

April 10, 2012

GREENVILLE - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court yesterday Senior United States District Judge Malcolm J. Howard sentenced CHARLES EDWARD HOCKADAY, 31, of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, to 132 months imprisonment followed by five years supervised release.  The Court also imposed restitution in the amount of $3,150.  Deeming HOCKADAY as a career offender, the Court enhanced his sentenced.    

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on August 10, 2011.  On January 5, 2012, HOCKADAY, also known as Oopsie, pled guilty to conspiring to distribute and possessing with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base (crack) and a quanitity of cocaine.

In an ongoing investigation, law enforcement learned the HOCKADAY was selling crack cocaine in the Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, area.  From February 10, 2011, to March 14, 2011, several controlled purchases were conducted in which HOCKADAY sold varying amounts of crack cocaine from his residence.  It was further learned that HOCKADAY had been selling illegal drugs since 2005.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office. 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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