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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of North Carolina

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Federal Jury Convicts New Bern Man on Federal Drug and Firearms Charges

ELIZABETH CITY – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that, DAMIEN LAMONTE BROWN, a/k/a “Dame,” 36, of New Bern, NC, was convicted in federal court following a two day jury trial before United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle.  The jury found BROWN guilty of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute one hundred (100) grams or more of heroin, possession of a firearm and ammunition by a felon, and possession with intent to distribute one hundred (100) grams or more of heroin. 

The evidence presented at trial established that BROWN coordinated multi-kilogram shipments of heroin from New York to New Bern, and then established a network of individuals to transport, distribute, and sell that heroin to the community.  The investigation resulted in the seizure of nearly 800 grams of heroin from one house, multiple firearms, and over $6,000 in cash.

At sentencing set for the November 12, 2018 term of court, BROWN faces not less than 10 years imprisonment and up to life imprisonment followed by 8 years of supervised release and up to an 8 million dollar fine.

This prosecution is part of an extensive investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF).  OCDETF is a joint federal, state, and local cooperative approach to combat drug trafficking and is the nation’s primary tool for disrupting and dismantling major drug trafficking organizations, targeting national and regional level drug trafficking organizations, and coordinating the necessary law enforcement entities and resources to disrupt or dismantle the targeted criminal organization and seize their assets.

The case was investigated by the New Bern Police Department, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF), Craven County Sheriff’s Office, Trent Woods Police Department, Jacksonville Police Department, and Bridgeton Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Laura S. Howard prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States. 

Updated August 29, 2018