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Rocky Mount Man Receives Over 10 Years For Drug And Gun Possession

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

GREENVILLE – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina announced that yesterday in federal court, Senior United States District Judge Malcolm J. Howard sentenced DETRAY MAURICE WILLIAMS, 37, of Rocky Mount, North Carolina, to 144 months imprisonment, followed by 5 years of supervised release.

DETRAY MAURICE WILLIAMS was named in an eight count Indictment returned on May 19, 2015.  On October 5, 2015, WILLIAMS pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute cocaine base, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. 

According to the investigation, on January 22, 2014, officers attempted to stop WILLIAMS and he fled from officers on foot.  During their pursuit, officers observed WILLIAMS remove a handgun from his jacket pocket and throw it to the ground. Officers retrieved the pistol and also located a bag containing crack cocaine on the ground in the area where WILLIAMS was ultimately arrested.  On October 9, 2014, WILLIAMS, a convicted felon, was again stopped by law enforcement who located a rifle in the backseat of his vehicle.

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 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Rocky Mount Police Department and Nash County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Carrie Randa represented the government.

Updated March 11, 2016