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Cary Man Sentenced to Prison for Cocaine Distribution and Firearm Offenses

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of North Carolina

NEW BERN – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that today in federal court, United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced GUSTAVO ADOLFO RAMOS LEMUS, 32, of Cary, North Carolina, to 70 months in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release.

On December 11, 2018, LEMUS pled guilty to Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Quantity of Cocaine and to Using, Carrying, and Possessing a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Offense.

The investigation revealed that on January 20, 2015, a confidential informant (CI) working with the Cary Police Department (CPD) contacted LEMUS and attempted to arrange for the purchase of 2 ounces of cocaine.  On January 21, 2015, the CI called LEMUS again and arranged for the purchase of the 2 ounces of cocaine in exchange for $1,900, to occur in a parking lot in Cary.  Approximately 30 minutes later, LEMUS arrived at the parking lot and entered the front passenger seat of the CI’s vehicle.  The CPD’S Emergency Response Team moved in, and LEMUS tossed a stolen .40 caliber Taurus handgun into the middle row of seats. He was taken into custody without incident.  A search of LEMUS’s person revealed a quantity of cocaine in his jacket pocket.  A search warrant was executed at LEMUS’ residence on Niles Street in Cary where investigators discovered digital scales, an additional quantity of cocaine, and $2,000 in U.S. currency.

This case was brought using the Take Back North Carolina Initiative of The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina.  This initiative emphasizes the regional assignment of federal prosecutors to work with law enforcement and District Attorney’s Offices on a sustained basis in those communities to reduce the violent crime rate, drug trafficking, and crimes against law enforcement.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Cary Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Scott A. Lemmon.

Updated April 9, 2019

Drug Trafficking