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wilmington drug trafficker sentenced

SEPTEMBER 11, 2012

GREENVILLE - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court today, Senior United States District Judge Malcolm J. Howard sentenced CARL EUGENE MCPhAUL, 44, of Wilmington, North Carolina, to 262 months imprisonment followed by 5 years supervised release.

On May 7, 2012, MCPHAUL plead guilty to possession with intent to deliver a quantity of marijuana and cocaine in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1) and to possession of a firearm, in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c).

On August 7, 2011, investigation revealed that MCPHAUL, who was on a moped, was pulled over for a traffic violation by the Wilmington Police Department.  During the traffic stop, Officers noticed a bulge in the back waistband area of MCPHAUL.  The officers believed it to be a gun.  When the officers asked for identification, MCPHAUL reached for his back waistband area and officers grabbed his hands, fearing he was going for the weapon.  Officers then touched his waistband area and felt a firearm.  They recovered a .22 caliber firearm off of MCPHAUL.  Officers searched MCPHAUL and the moped and found a total of 3.94 grams of marijuana, 1.52 grams of crack cocaine and .92 grams of powder cocaine.  The firearm was loaded with 6 rounds of ammunition.  MCPHAUL was arrested and taken to the police station where he admitted that he sold drugs to support his drug habit.  MCPHAUL is a multitime convicted felon -having a total of 11 prior felonies- 10 of which were for drug offenses. 

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives and the Wilmington Police Department.  Special Assistant United States Attorney Charity Wilson prosecuted the case. Ms. Wilson is a prosecutor with the New Hanover County District Attorney’s Office.  District Attorney Ben David has assigned her to the United States Attorney’s Office to prosecute federal Project Safe Neighborhood cases and other violent crime cases. 



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