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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 8, 2016

Greenville Drug Trafficker Sentenced for Cocaine and Marijuana Conspiracy

RALEIGH – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina announced that in federal court today, Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced JARRKU NATU BENNETT, 32, from Greenville, N.C., to 70 months in prison and 8 years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, a quantity of heroin and a quantity of marijuana.  BENNETT pled guilty to this charge on August 17, 2015.        

On March 3, 2015, the Greenville Regional Drug Task Force arrested BENNETT after a traffic stop during which detectives found 62 grams of cocaine and 111 grams of marijuana in BENNETT’S car. Further investigation revealed that BENNETT was responsible for the distribution of 1.5 kilograms of cocaine, 49 grams of crack cocaine, 1.8 kilograms of marijuana and an indeterminate amount of heroin between August 2014 and March 3, 2015.

The case was investigated by the Greenville Regional Drug Task Force, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The federal prosecution was handled by Special Assistant United States Attorney Glenn Perry.  Mr. Perry is a prosecutor with the Pitt County District Attorney’s Office.  Pitt County District Attorney Kimberly Robb has assigned Mr. Perry to the United States Attorney’s Office, pursuant to funding provided by the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys, to prosecute federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force criminal matters.

Updated December 8, 2016