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Mecklenburg Drug Trafficker Sentenced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 26, 2010

RICHMOND, Va. - Tyrone Davis, 37, originally of South Boston, Virginia and most recently of Sanford, North Carolina, was sentenced today to 300 months of imprisonment, for possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.  Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after the final sentencing today.

                In support of his plea, Davis admitted that he had been involved in a conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine for nearly five years and possessed firearms in order to protect his drugs and the proceeds of his drug trafficking activities, and to provide security to him and others while engaging in his drug trafficking activities.  According to court documents and information presented at the sentencing, from approximately September of 2004 through July of 2009, Davis was a crack cocaine and powder cocaine trafficker, responsible for the distribution of over 9 kilograms of crack cocaine in and around Mecklenburg County, Virginia.  Davis possessed firearms in furtherance of those drug trafficking activities.  The Honorable Henry E. Hudson, United States District Judge, cited the quantity of drugs involved and defendant’s prior criminal history as factors in the 25 year sentence.  Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after the final sentencing today.

The case was the result of an extensive investigation, spanning over the last 5 years, conducted by the Southside Drug Task Force, whose members include officers and agents from the Virginia State Police, Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control, the towns of South Hill, Clarksville, and Chase City, and the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office. Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration assisted in the investigation.  The investigation is continuing and more arrests are anticipated. 

                In a related case, Willie Hendren of Mecklenburg County, Virginia, was sentenced on February 10, 2010, to 73 months of imprisonment for his role in maintaining a residence for others to sell, store and use crack cocaine.  A number of other related cases are also currently pending before the U.S. District Court:  Chris Pamplin of Mecklenburg County, scheduled for sentencing on March 1, 2010; Tracey A. Henderson, of Mecklenburg County, but most recently residing in Sanford, North Carolina, scheduled for arraignment on March 5, 2010; Mark Dicks and Carlos Dailey, both of Mecklenburg County, scheduled for a jury trial on March 30, 2010; and Danny Farrar, of Mecklenburg County, scheduled for sentencing on April 12, 2010.

United States Attorney MacBride praised the joint efforts of the state, local and federal agencies, which pooled their resources to address organized drug distribution in and around the Mecklenburg County area.

                Assistant United States Attorney Olivia Hawkins prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.

                A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/vae.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.uspci.uscourts.gov.

 

 

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