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additional defendants sentenced in operation no quarter

organized crime drug enforcement task force (OCDETF) operation “No quarter”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 7, 2012

NEW BERN - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced today that in federal court United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced two more defendants involved in this operation.  JAMEKIA DUPRELL HINES, 38 of Greenville, North Carolina, was sentenced to 86 months imprisonment followed by three years supervised release.  PABLO TRINIDAD, 40, also of Greenville, North Carolina, received 252 months imprisonment followed by five years supervised release.

On September 9, 2010, a Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment charging HINES.  On April 10, 2012, he pled guilty to distributing five kilograms or more of cocaine base (crack).  TRINIDAD was charged on July 14, 2011, by Indictment.  On October 13, 2011, TRINIDAD pled guilty to conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine and 280 grams or more of cocaine base (crack) and unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to evidence presented in Court, from July, 2010, to August, 2010, controlled purchases were coordinated in which crack cocaine was purchased from co-defendant Tobia Moye and in which HINES participated.  It is estimated that from these controlled buys, HINES is accountable for 25.67 grams of crack cocaine.

Regarding the separate but related case of TRINIDAD, information presented in court revealed that from 2006 to 2011, TRINIDAD distributed powder and crack cocaine in the Pitt County area.  From 2009 to 2011, six controlled purchases were arranged in which the drugs were purchased from TRINIDAD.  From these controlled purchases and other information received, it is estimated that TRINIDAD is responsible for the sale of 2.55 kilograms of cocaine and 11.44 kilograms of cocaine base crack.

OCDETF Operation “No Quarter” was designed to attack the infrastructure of the Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTO), including those of the Los Zetas, La Familia, Gulf and Sinaloa drug cartels, operating not only in the Eastern District of North Carolina, but throughout North Carolina, the United States and Mexico.  These DTO’s are responsible for the importation of large quantities of cocaine, marijuana, heroin, and methamphetamine into the United States, as well as the related remittance of illegal drug proceeds back into Mexico. 

The investigation spanned 10 years and 5 North Carolina counties. As part of the investigation, over 90 individuals have been charged by indictment or criminal information in the Eastern District of North Carolina and state courts. In addition, $1.5 million in U.S. Currency, 127 kilograms of cocaine with a street value of $3.8 million dollars, 41 pounds of crystal methamphetamine with a street value of $650,000, 160 lbs of marijuana with a street value of $170,000, 32 grams of heroin, 35 firearms and 35 real properties valued at $1.5 million were seized by law enforcement authorities.   

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration - Raleigh and Greensboro Resident Offices, the New York Field Division and numerous other DEA offices in the United States and Mexico;  the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives – Raleigh and Wilmington offices; the United States Marshals Service; the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) – Raleigh and Tampa, Florida offices; the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation; the North Carolina National Guard; the North Carolina State Highway Patrol; the Greenville Police Department; the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office; the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office; the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office; the Craven County Sheriff’s Office; the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office; the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office; the New Bern Police Department, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office; the Person County Sheriff’s Office; the Farmville Police Department; the Goldsboro Police Department; the Rocky Mount Police Department; the Burlington Police Department, the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office, and the Wilson Police Department.

The federal prosecutions were handled by Special Assistant United States Attorneys Glenn Perry and Augustus Willis, IV.  Mr. Perry is a prosecutor with the Pitt County District Attorney’s Office. Mr. Willis is a prosecutor with the Craven, Carteret and Pamlico Counties District Attorney’s Office.  District Attorneys Clark Everett and Scott Thomas have assigned Mr. Perry and Mr. Willis to the United States Attorney’s Office to prosecute federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force criminal matters. Their assignments to the United States Attorney’s Office have been made possible by grants funded by the Governor’s Crime Commission.

 

 

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