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Ernest Dailey Of Wilmington Sentenced For Possession With Intent To Distribute More Than 28 Grams Of Cocaine Base And Firearms Violation 924(c)

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

RALEIGH – United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that today in federal court, Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox sentenced, ERNEST DAILEY, 48, of Wilmington, to  262 months of imprisonment followed by 5 years of supervised release. 

DAILEY was named in an Indictment filed on August 27, 2014. On December 1, 2014, the Defendant pled guilty to Possession with the Intent to Distribute more than 28 grams of Cocaine Base and Possession of a Firearm During and In Relation to a Drug Trafficking Crime.  According to the investigation and information presented in open court during the sentencing, on March 26, 2014, officers with the Wilmington Police Department executed a search warrant at DAILEY’S residence.  During the search officers found over 44 grams of cocaine base, which is crack, approximately 6 grams of cocaine hydrochloride, $8,800 in US Currency, various drug paraphernalia and a 9 mm semi-automatic firearm.  DAILEY admitted that he had been selling drugs and admitted taking the firearm in a form of payment for drugs.  Due to DAILEY’S extensive criminal history, having approximately 12 prior drug convictions, he was designated as a Career Offender.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Wilmington Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  Special Assistant United States Attorney Charity Wilson prosecuted the case.  Ms. Wilson is a prosecutor with the District 5 District Attorney’s Office encompassing New Hanover and Pender Counties.  District Attorney Ben David has assigned her to the United States Attorney’s Office to prosecute violent crime, firearm related cases, and narcotic crimes.

Updated July 14, 2015