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North Carolina Man Sentenced To 124 Months
For Cocaine Trafficking

September 28, 2012

Jackson TN – Roderick Kornelius Ray, 28, of Selma, North Carolina, was sentenced yesterday
to more than 10 years in prison for cocaine trafficking, announced United States Attorney
Edward L. Stanton III.

Ray was convicted June 27, 2012 of possessing more than 500 grams of cocaine with intent to
distribute, in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 841(a). United States District Judge J. Daniel Breen
sentenced Ray to 124 months in prison, followed by 4 years of supervised release, and further
ordered Ray to pay a $100 special assessment.

On March 17, 2011, Officer Russell Burrow with the Dyersburg Police Department, while
working in conjunction with the West Tennessee Violent Crime and Drug Task Force, conducted
a traffic stop of Ray’s vehicle on Highway 412 in Dyersburg. 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. Investigation revealed that the defendant would transport
the cocaine through Tennessee and distribute it to users in North Carolina, and had sold cocaine
to an informant working for the Johnston County, North Carolina Sheriff's Department as
recently as six days prior to his March 17, 2011 arrest.

“This in an example of the tireless dedication of our state and local officers, working in
conjunction with federal law enforcement agencies, to stop the flow of narcotics along the
highways of Tennessee. Their hard work prevents these dangerous drugs from ending up on the
streets in communities all across America,” said U. S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton.

The matter was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Wilson, and was part of a joint
investigation by the West Tennessee Violent Crime and Drug Task Force, the Dyersburg Police
Department, the Dyer County Sheriff's Department, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the Johnston
County, North Carolina Sheriff's Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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