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Press Release

Media Advisory

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



WHEN:       Friday, January 17, 2020 at 1:00 PM

WHERE:     New Hanover County Historic Courthouse

                        Commissioners Assembly Room 301

                        24 North 3rd Street

                        Wilmington, NC 28401                       

Re:                  Operation DodgeBall

RALEIGH – The United States Attorney’s Office announces a press conference to discuss the sentencing of multiple gang member defendants in a multi-year heroin/fentanyl and heroin conspiracy investigation in Wilmington and New Hanover County.  These defendants were not only responsible for the sale of narcotics in Wilmington, but also multiple violent acts.  We will also highlight the important partnerships between all levels of law enforcement in this and other investigations during the preceding year.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Streets Task Force, consisting of FBI Special Agents, Wilmington Police Department investigators and New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office detectives investigated this case.

In addition to United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr., District Attorney Ben David, and members of the FBI, ATF, ICE/HSI, Wilmington Police Department, and New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office are expected to be present at this event.

Credentialed members of the media are invited to attend. For additional information, please e-mail Don Connelly at  Please RSVP your intentions to attend the event.


Updated January 16, 2020