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drug dealer receives enhanced sentence for third federal conviction

June 15, 2012

RALEIGH - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court today Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever III, sentenced JEFFREY BERNARD JOYNER, 39, of Grifton, North Carolina, to 126 months imprisonment followed by five years supervised release.  The lengthy sentence handed down by the Court reflects this third federal conviction for JOYNER.

     On February 21, 2012, a Federal Grand Jury returned a Superseding Indictment.  On March 19, 2012, JOYNER pled guilty to possessing with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base (crack) and a quantity of cocaine.

     According to the investigation, JOYNER trafficked in cocaine from January, 2011, to May, 2011, in the Pitt County, North Carolina, area. From February 25, 2011, to April 13, 2011, law enforcement arranged for three controlled purchases in which JOYNER sold a total of 51.5 grams of crack cocaine and 52.6 grams of powder cocaine.  In May, 2011, JOYNER was arrested at his residence.  At the time of his arrest, a search of his residence was conducted in which 5.2 grams of cocaine and a set of digital scales were seized. 

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Greenville Regional Drug Task Force consisting of the Greenville Police Department, the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration.  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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