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WEDNESDAY - February 8, 2012

SANFORD MAN SENTENCED FOR A MAJOR COCAINE TRAFFICKING CONSPIRACY

RALEIGH - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court today Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever III, sentenced THOMAS GRANDVILLE ALSTON, 41, to 324 months imprisonment followed by five years supervised release.

On April 11, 2011, a Criminal Information was filed charging ALSTON with conspiring to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846 and money laundering, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1956(a)(1)(B)(i). That same day he pled guilty to charges.

The evidence presented in court revealed that ALSTON was a major cocaine trafficker in the Eastern and Middle Districts of North Carolina. From at least 2006 through January 25, 2011, ALSTON and others distributed multiple kilograms of cocaine and generated hundreds of thousands of dollars in drug proceeds. The evidence further revealed that ALSTON laundered a significant portion of the proceeds through the purchases of luxury automobiles.

Mr. Walker noted, “This defendant was a significant and long-term distributor of cocaine in this part of North Carolina. This prosecution is an important step toward making those who control and profit from the illegal drug trade responsible for these crimes.”

Jeannine A. Hammett, Acting Special Agent in Charge, IRS Criminal Investigation stated, “This is an important victory for the American public a convicted drug dealer is going to jail for his crimes. The role of IRS CI in narcotics investigations is to follow the money so we can financially disrupt and dismantle those who deal in drug.”

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations. Assistant United States Attorney J. Frank Bradsher prosecuted the case.

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