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MONDAY - March 5, 2012

RALEIGH MAN RECEIVES FEDERAL PRISON TERM FOR GUN CHARGES

WILMINGTON - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court on March 2, 2012, Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox sentenced ANTONIO DESHAWN ROYSTER, 31, of Raleigh, North Carolina to 90 months imprisonment followed by five years supervised release.

On April 28, 2011, a Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment. On November 8, 2011, ROYSTER pled guilty to possessing a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking offense and unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to the investigation, on December 21, 2010, a state search warrant was executed at ROYSTER’s residence. At the time of the warrant’s execution, ROYSTER entered the residence and was observed dropping two bags containing approximately 15 grams of marijuana. Law enforcement located a magazine for a semi-automatic pistol and a Bryco Arms .380 semi-automatic pistol was found underneath a dresser. An additional 20 grams of marijuana packaged for distribution was also located in the residence. After the search of the residence was completed ROYSTER was arrested.

This case was part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative which encourages federal, state, and local agencies to cooperate in a unified “team effort” against gun crime, targeting repeat offenders who continually plague their communities.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation; and the Raleigh Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Felice McConnell Corpening prosecuted the case.

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