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Violent Bloods Gang Drug Dealer and Weapons Trafficker Sentenced to 50 Years in Federal Prison

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

RALEIGH, N.C. – Jimmy McKoy Rouse, 26, of Sampson County, was sentenced last week to 50 years in federal prison for running an armed drug trafficking operation from multiple locations throughout Sampson County. Rouse was convicted on January 7, 2022 of nine felony drug trafficking and firearms related charges.

“This defendant’s fervent commitment to using extreme violence to protect an extensive drug trafficking network endangered many communities in Eastern North Carolina,” said U.S. Attorney Michael Easley. “Local and federal investigative agencies worked collaboratively and patiently to build a case that the jury found compelling and ultimately led to Rouse’s conviction and a fifty-year prison sentence.”

At sentencing, Judge James C. Dever, III noted Rouse’s persistent commitment to a life of serious crime, making the observation that whenever Rouse was shown leniency in the form of a reduced sentence or dismissed charge in the past, such favor served only to embolden Rouse, rather than an impetus to live within the law. In delivering the half-century sentence, the Judge noted the dire need to protect the public from Rouse’s serious crimes.

“ATF and our law enforcement partners continue to seek out those that pose the biggest threat to our communities,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge Bennie Mims. “This joint effort puts an end to a long and violent criminal career.”

“The reign of terror by Jimmy Rouse has come to an end with a 50-year prison sentence,” said Sheriff Jimmy Thornton. “I cannot thank the ATF and the US Attorney’s Office enough for working hand-in-hand with my Special Investigations Division on the arrest and conviction of this violent criminal.  These agents and prosecutors put in an untold number of hours conducting surveillance, controlled buys of illegal drugs, interviews, and case preparation to ensure a solid conviction.”

Evidence from an investigation commencing in 2016 and presented in court established that Rouse was a large-scale drug dealer who trafficked kilogram quantities of methamphetamine, along with significant quantities of heroin, assorted pills, cocaine and cocaine base (crack). Rouse’s methamphetamine operation took off after connecting with suppliers who received hundreds of kilograms of crystal methamphetamine. The court held Rouse accountable more than nine kilograms of methamphetamine, noting that was a conservative estimate.

Gun seizures related to the case include and AK-47, extended magazines and accompanying rounds of ammunition.

At the January trial, Rouse was convicted of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, and a quantity of heroin, three counts of distributing methamphetamine, three counts of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, one count of distributing heroin, and one count of possessing a firearm after receiving a felony conviction.

So far, 12 additional co-conspirators have also been federally prosecuted in cases related to the Rouse investigation. Collectively, these criminals will spend 150 years in prison.

Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Court Judge James C. Dever III. The Sampson County Sherriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives investigated the case, and the Drug Enforcement Administration assisted at trial. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brad Knott prosecuted the case.

Related court documents and information can be found on the website of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina or on PACER by searching for case number 7:19-CR-00194-D-1.


Updated August 15, 2022

Violent Crime
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses