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Maxton Man Sentenced To 480 Months For Drug Trafficking

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

RALEIGH - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court yesterday, Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox sentenced JAMES WILLIAM PAUL SANDERSON, 35, of Maxton, North Carolina, to 480 months imprisonment followed by 5 years supervised release.

On September 20, 2011, SANDERSON pled guilty to the distribution of 50 grams or more of cocaine base (crack) and a quantity of dihydrocodeinone (Percocet) in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1).

The evidence presented during SANDERSON’S sentencing hearing revealed that he was a significant trafficker who was responsible for the distribution of multiple kilograms of crack and powder cocaine.  The evidence also established that SANDERSON frequently used and possessed firearms during his drug activities.

This case is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation and was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, and the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office.

Updated July 14, 2015