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

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Robeson County Man Convicted In Drug Conspiracy

RALEIGH - United States Attorney Thomas W. Walker announced that in federal court today Chief District Court Judge James C. Dever sentenced KENDALL LADELL BLUE, 34, of Red Springs, North Carolina, to 21 years’ imprisonment for his role in a drug trafficking conspiracy.

On October 25, 2011, a grand jury in the Eastern District of North Carolina issued an indictment charging BLUE with Conspiring to Possess with Intent to Distribute and Distribute 28 Grams or More of Crack Cocaine, several counts of Distributing Crack Cocaine and other related charges. On August 8, 2012, after a jury trial, BLUE was convicted of all the drug charges.

The evidence in the case established that from 2002, up through and including April 15, 2010, BLUE was operating a garage off of Huggins Road in Red Springs, North Carolina. During that time frame, BLUE bought cocaine from several sources of supply and then sold the substance as crack cocaine to other customers for re-distribution. According to the evidence presented at the sentencing, BLUE was armed
with a firearm during each drug transaction. The evidence also established that BLUE provided a materially false affidavit to the presiding judge prior to trial. Based on BLUE’s role in the drug trafficking conspiracy, he was sentenced to 252 months’ imprisonment and 4 years of supervised release following his prison term.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as well as the Robeson County Sheriff's Office. Assistant United States Attorney Rudy E. Renfer represented the government.

Updated July 14, 2015