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

Friday, April 5, 2013

Halifax County Drug Trafficker Sentenced

NEW BERN - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court today United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced CECIL KURRENTHES RANSOM, 33, to 85 months imprisonment followed by 3 years supervised release.

On October 3, 2012, RANSOM pled guilty to an Indictment charging him with possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon.

The investigation began when the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office used an informant to make two controlled purchases of marijuana from RANSOM from his house in Roanoke Rapids, N.C., in January and February 2012.  On February 10, 2012, the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at RANSOM’S house and found a loaded shotgun, a small amount of marijuana, digital scales, .40 caliber ammunition, marijuana seeds and suitcases containing marijuana remnants.  It was determined that RANSOM was responsible for the distribution of over 6 kilograms of marijuana.  RANSOM was prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition due to his prior felony convictions for selling cocaine and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The investigation of this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office.

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 to prosecute federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force criminal matters. The assignment to the United States Attorney's Office has been made possible by grants funded by the Governor's Crime Commission.

Updated July 14, 2015