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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Three Indicted In Raleigh Witness Tampering And Obstruction Case

RALEIGH – United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina announced today that a federal grand jury in Raleigh, North Carolina returned a four count indictment charging DEMETRICE R. DEVINE, TIMOTHY A. DEVINE and CARLETTA P. ALSTON with conspiring to tamper with a witness, in violation of the provisions of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1512(k); witness tampering and aiding and abetting, in violation of the provisions of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1512(b) and 2; obstruction of an official proceeding and aiding and abetting, in violation of the provisions of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1512(c) and 2; and obstruction of justice and aiding and abetting, in violation of the provisions of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1503(a) and 2.

The investigation revealed that beginning on July 1, 2015, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and Raleigh Police Department officers interviewed and served federal grand jury subpoenas on individuals believed to have information on the illegal activities of a gang in Raleigh, North Carolina.  After learning the identity of a witness subpoenaed to testify before a federal grand jury, DEMETRICE R. DEVINE, TIMOTHY A. DEVINE and CARLETTA P. ALSTON discussed a plan to approach the witness and inform the witness that individuals were watching the witness’ child, as a means to influence the witness’ testimony before a federal grand jury.

If convicted, the maximum penalties for the witness tampering counts are not more than 20 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and a term of supervised release of not more than 5 years, following any term of imprisonment.  The maximum penalties for the obstruction of justice count is not more than 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and up to 3 years supervised release following any term of imprisonment. 

The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.  The case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Raleigh Police Department.

Updated January 26, 2016