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MONDAY - February 13, 2012

AURORA DRUG DEALER RECEIVES FEDERAL SENTENCE

RALEIGH - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court today United States District Judge Terrance W. Boyle sentenced CEDRIC SHAWNDALE COFFEY, 35, of Aurora, North Carolina, to 72 months imprisonment followed by five years supervised release. The Court also imposed restitution in the amount of $12,200.

On July 14, 2011, a Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment charging COFFEY. On September 9, 2011, COFFEY pled guilty to conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine and 28 grams or more of cocaine base (crack).

In September, 2010, an investigation was begun of COFFEY’s illegal drug distribution activities. In September, 2010, three controlled purchases were arranged in which cocaine was purchased from COFFEY. On October 13, 2010, a fourth controlled purchase was arranged, however, when COFFEY arrived at the arranged location, the residence of a family member, he was arrested. A search of the residence revealed 124.469 grams of cocaine were hidden in the couch and 15.3123 grams of cocaine and a set of digital scales were found in the bathroom.

During an interview with law enforcement COFFEY admitted that between November, 2009, and October, 2010, he sold powder and crack cocaine. Further information revealed, through this interview and others, that COFFEY sold 510.3 grams of crack cocaine and 2.013 kilograms of powder cocaine.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Greenville Drug Task Force, including the Greenville Police Department, the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office and the Farmville Police Department and the Beaufort 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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