Rocky Mount Man Sentenced For Drug Trafficking
RALEIGH - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court today QUENTIN EARL BATTLE, 39, of Rocky Mount, North Carolina was sentenced by Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever III to 420 months imprisonment, followed by 5 years of supervised release.
On August 10, 2012, BATTLE pled guilty to (1) conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine, 280 grams or more of cocaine base (crack), and a quantity of heroin in violation of Title 21 United States Code, Section 846 and (2) money laundering in violation of Title 18 United States Code, Section 1956.
The investigation revealed that BATTLE was a major distributor of cocaine and cocaine base (crack) in Nash County, North Carolina since the late 1990s. Numerous cooperating defendants identified BATTLE as their source of supply for cocaine and crack. On April 19, 2012, a search warrant was executed at BATTLE’S residence, where paperwork was found for two storage units in Rocky Mount. A second search warrant was executed at the storage units, resulting in the seizure of three assault rifles, ammunition, body armor, and $440,015 in United States currency. On that same day, BATTLE was arrested following a traffic stop, and officers found in his vehicle a loaded .40 caliber handgun and $3,500 in United States currency.
Investigation of this case was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Rocky Mount Police Department. Special Assistant United States Attorney Nathan A. Huff and Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Goulian represented the government in this case.