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fayetteville drug dealer receives federal sentence

July 26, 2012

RALEIGH - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court yesterday Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever III, sentenced LEROY EARL LOVELL, 42, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, to 190 months imprisonment followed by five years supervised release. 

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Superseding Criminal Indictment on June 21, 2011. On March 13, 2012, LOVELL pled guilty to conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 50 kilograms or more of marijuana, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846, and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A).

According to evidence presented in court, in April, 2009, a parcel containing illegal narcotics came to the attention of law enforcement in Arizona.  The parcel, mailed in Tucson, Arizona, was intended for an address in Fayetteville, North Carolina.  Law enforcement in North Carolina intercepted the package and arranged a controlled delivery.  Surveillance of the Fayetteville address was arranged.  Once the package had been accepted, it was placed in LOVELL’s vehicle.  A traffic stop was performed on LOVELL’s vehicle.  During the traffic stop, LOVELL tried to flee on foot but was apprehended and placed under arrest.  Inside the parcel, law enforcement found 10 pounds of marijuana.

In January, 2011, a controlled purchase was arranged with LOVELL, in which LOVELL sold 110 grams of marijuana.  A search warrant was executed at LOVELL’s Fayetteville residence, at which law enforcement found 400 grams of marijuana, a loaded .45 caliber handgun, two digital scales, numerous rounds of .45 caliber and 9mm ammunition, various drug paraphernalia, and $422.00 in cash.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the United States Postal Service; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the Fayetteville Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Ethan Ontjes prosecuted the case.









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