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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 8, 2019

Raleigh Drug Dealers Receive More Than 15 Years Each for Their Roles in a Drug Trafficking Organization

NEW BERN — United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announces that United States District Judge Louise Flanagan sentenced William ISAAC DANIELS, 38, of Wake County to 211 months’ imprisonment, followed by 5 years of supervised release and BOB BIONGO, 31, of Wake County to 180 months’ imprisonment, followed by 10 years of supervised release

On August 24, 2018, DANIELS plead guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base (crack) and distribution of a quantity of cocaine.

On August 16, 2018, BIONGO plead guilty to conspiracy to distribute with intent to distribute two hundred eighty (280) grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine base, 3-counts of distribute and possess with intent to distribute a quantity of detectable amount of cocaine base, aiding and abetting, and to possess with intent to distribute two hundred eighty (280) grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine base (crack).

Between May and June 2017, the Raleigh Career Criminal Unit and the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted three controlled purchases from BIONGO.  The first purchase occurred within a 1/10 of a mile of Mary Phillips High School in Raleigh. 

Between January and February 2017, the Raleigh Career Criminal Unit and the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted two controlled purchases from DANIELS.  One of the deals occurred in the bathroom of a local Raleigh restaurant in the middle of the day for approximately an ounce of crack cocaine.

On June 15, 2017, law enforcement served a search warrant on BIONGO’S residence in Raleigh.  Law enforcement found more than 1 kilogram of crack cocaine, more than $7,000 and a cocaine press.  BIONGO was arrested following a short foot chase.

On January 23, 2018, DANIELS was arrested at a residence in Franklin County.  DANIELS was able to destroy a quantity of cocaine base before the agents were able to arrest him. 

DANIELS was involved in distributing approximately 900 grams of cocaine base (crack) between November 2016 and the time of his arrest.  BIONGO was involved in distributing more than a kilogram of crack cocaine.  BIONGO was a validated gang member and had a North Carolina State prior conviction for possession with intent to sell and deliver a cocaine as a habitual felon.

This case was brought using the Take Back North Carolina Initiative of The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina.  This initiative emphasizes the regional assignment of federal prosecutors to work with law enforcement and District Attorney’s Offices on a sustained basis in those communities to reduce the violent crime rate, drug trafficking, and crimes against law enforcement.

The investigation of this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Safe Streets Task Force and the Raleigh Police Department Career Criminal Unit.  Assistant United States Attorney Timothy Severo prosecuted the case.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated February 8, 2019