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Gang Member Recently Released from Prison for Murder Receives 7 Years in Federal Prison for Selling Methamphetamine

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

RALEIGH, N.C. – Anthony Jackson, 32, of Wilmington, was sentenced to 84 months in prison for distribution of a quantity of methamphetamine. Jackson was released from North Carolina State prison in January 2021 after serving an approximately 12-year sentence for Second Degree Murder.  According to the evidence, on November 2, 2021, Jackson and another person arrived at a location in Brunswick County where Jackson sold an undercover ATF agent 27 grams of actual methamphetamine.  Following the sale, law enforcement received information that Jackson had driven to the deal with a semi-automatic handgun in the center console of his car.

This is part of “Operation Golfer” which is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.

Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Terrence W. Boyle. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Drug Enforcement Administration, the New Hanover and Brunswick County Sheriffs’ Offices investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Gabe Diaz and Timothy Severo  prosecuted the case.

Related court documents and information can be found on the website of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina or on PACER by searching for Case No. 7:22-cr-00039-BO-1.

Updated October 20, 2022

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