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Federal Jury Convicts Lumberton Man for Drug and Gun Crimes

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

RALEIGH – Robert J. Higdon, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announces that in federal court this week, JAMES CALVIN BREEDEN, a 33-year-old resident of Lumberton, was convicted following a one-day trial before Senior United States District Judge James Earl Britt.  The jury found BREEDEN guilty of Possession with the Intent to Distribute 28 Grams or more of Cocaine Base (Crack) and a Quantity of Cocaine, Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime, and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Sentencing is scheduled for the June 1, 2020 term of court in Raleigh.  BREEDEN faces at least ten years’ and up to life imprisonment.

The evidence at trial showed that BREEDEN, who is a convicted felon, was the passenger of a vehicle stopped by officers with the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office as they were attempting to serve an outstanding warrant. When officer’s approached the vehicle, they observed BREEDEN in possession of a crown royal bag that contained approximately 80 grams of crack cocaine and 38 grams of cocaine. He also possessed loaded handgun inside of his waistband.  

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.   Since 2017, the United States Department of Justice has reinvigorated the PSN program and has targeted violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally based strategies to reduce violent crime.

That effort has been implemented through 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.

The Robeson County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) conducted investigation of this case.  Assistant United States Attorneys Chad Rhoades and Erin Blondel handled the prosecution of this case for the government.

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Updated February 28, 2020

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