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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 6, 2016

Henderson Man Sentenced To 68 Months For Being A Felon In Possession Of A Firearm

NEW BERN – The United States Attorney’s Office announced that yesterday in federal court, United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced CADARIUS RHASHA CALDWELL, 25, of Henderson to 68 months imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release.

CALDWELL was named in an Indictment filed on December 16, 2015, charging him with being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition. On February 18, 2016, CALDWELL pled guilty to the charge. 

On April 16, 2015, an officer with the Oxford Police Department initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by CALDWELL after he failed to stop at a stop sign.  CALDWELL told the officer that he did not have a driver’s license.   CALDWELL, and a passenger, were removed from the vehicle.  A subsequent search of the vehicle yielded an extended magazine underneath the driver’s seat.   Officers then located a Glock 9mm handgun on the ground a few feet from the passenger side of the vehicle.  The magazine in the car was a match to the firearm outside the car.

This case was part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative which encourages federal, state, and local agencies to cooperate in a unified “team effort” against gun crime, targeting repeat offenders who continually plague their communities.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Oxford Police Department, the Henderson Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives.  Assistant United States Attorney S. Katherine Burnette prosecuted the case for the government. 

Updated May 9, 2016