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WEDNESDAY - February 15, 2012


RALEIGH - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court today United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced DOUGLAS MARVELL BLACK III, 26, of Wilmington, North Carolina, to 160 months imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release.

On September 8, 2011, BLACK pled guilty pursuant a Criminal Information to conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin.

The investigation revealed that BLACK was responsible for the trafficking of more than half a kilogram of heroin between late 2009 and the summer of 2010. The Wilmington Police Department made three purchase of heroin from BLACK between February and March, 2011. BLACK is a validated gang member.

This case was brought as a part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) operation entitled WoofPack, investigating importers and multi-level distributors of heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine, and gang activities associated with this distribution into Southeastern North Carolina.

Investigation of this OCEDTF case is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (Safe Street Tasks Force); the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation; the Wilmington and Greenville Police Departments; and the New Hanover and Pitt County Sheriffs’ Offices. Special Assistant United States Attorney Timothy Severo represented 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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