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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 20, 2012

NEW BERN - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced two defendants for their illegal activities in the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Operation entitled BuggSnatcher. Today JAY AVERY JENERETTE, 25, of Brunswick County, North Carolina, was sentenced to 92 months imprisonment for conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 28 or more grams of cocaine base (crack). On July 16, 2012, MITCHELL GRIFFITH, 39, also of Brunswick County, North Carolina, was sentenced to 92 months imprisonment for conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 500 or more grams of cocaine.

During the course of the investigation, officers made six controlled purchases from JENERRETTE between August, 2011, and October, 2011, in Brunswick County, North Carolina. Three controlled purchases were made from GRIFFITH, between May, 2011, and June, 2011. The investigation revealed that GRIFFITH was responsible for distributing more than 70 kilograms of cocaine into Eastern North Carolina between 2005 and the time of his arrest.

This case was brought as a part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Operation entitled BuggSnatcher, investigating the out of state importers and multi-level distributors of cocaine and crack cocaine into Brunswick and New Hanover counties.

Investigation of this case is being conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation; the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office; the Wilmington Police Department; and the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office. Special Assistant United States Attorney Timothy Severo represents 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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