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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Federal Jury Finds Wilmington Man Guilty Of Drug And Firearms Charges

NEW BERN – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina announced that Wednesday, a federal jury in New Bern found KRISTOPHER OWEN DANIELS, 31, of Wilmington guilty of four criminal charges: possession with the intent to distribute cocaine base (crack) and marijuana; knowingly used and carried a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and two counts of possession of firearm by a convicted felon.

Daniels was named in an Indictment originally filed on November 12, 2014.  DANIELS was arrested on May 31, 2014, after police responded to a when a 911 call requesting police assistance at a residence in Wilmington.  After uniformed Wilmington Police officers responded, DANIELS ran towards the back yard of the house, and threw a bag of crack (over 20 grams) and a black Taurus .380 firearm while officers were chasing him.  A fence in the backyard prevented him from fleeing and he turned and threw marijuana at one of the pursuing officers.  Currency in the amount of $2,100.00 also was recovered from DANIELS.   

A Wilmington Police Department detective obtained a search warrant for the home.  A search of DANIELS’ bedroom revealed a box of .380 ammunition, more United States currency, marijuana seeds, and a Charter Arms .38 revolver.

At sentencing, DANIELS faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years imprisonment and a maximum of life imprisonment.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives; the Wilmington Police Department, including the Wilmington Police Department Crime Laboratory; and the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.  Assistant United States Attorney S. Katherine Burnette represented the government.

Updated September 14, 2016