North Carolina Man Convicted Of Possessing
Than 500 Grams Of Cocaine
Jackson, TN - Roderick Kornelius Ray, age 28, of Selma, North Carolina, was convicted
following a three-day jury trial in Jackson, TN, of possessing more than 500 grams of cocaine
with intent to distribute, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a), announced
United States Attorney Edward L. Stanton, III, and Brian Chambers, Resident Agent in Charge
of the Drug Enforcement Administration Memphis Field Office.
The investigation was initiated by Officer Russell Burrow with the Dyersburg Police
Department, working in conjunction with the West Tennessee Violent Crime and Drug Task
Force, who conducted a traffic stop on Highway 412 in Dyersburg, TN. Ray fled from his
vehicle, and after an exhaustive search by law enforcement officers from four agencies was
found in possession of 834 grams of cocaine.
The jury also heard evidence that the defendant had sold cocaine on five separate occasions in
March 2011, and as recently as six days prior to his March 17, 2011 arrest. Ray faces not less
than 10 years up to life in federal prison, and an eight million dollar fine. Ray will be sentenced
on September 27, 2012 at 9:30 a.m.
The case was investigated by the Dyersburg Police Department, West Tennessee Violent Crime
and Drug Task Force, Dyer County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Johnston
County, North Carolina Sheriff's Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The
case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Matt Wilson and Michael Porter on
behalf of the government.