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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Wilmington Man Sentenced For Drug Trafficking And Possession Of A Firearm By A Felon

NEW BERN – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina announced that in federal court today, United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced KRISTOPHER OWEN DANIELS, 32, of a Wilmington, North Carolina to 152 months of imprisonment followed by 5 years of supervised release.

DANIELS, was convicted in a jury trial on September 13, 2016 of Possession with Intent to Distribute a Quantity of Cocaine Base (Crack) and Marijuana; Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime; and two-counts of Possession of a Firearm by a Felon.

On May 31, 2014, officers with the Wilmington Police Department, responded to the scene of a reported domestic incident involving an individual threatening the use of a gun.  Investigation revealed that DANIELS engaged in a verbal argument with his mother, in their residence regarding money.  His mother’s boyfriend, intervened on her behalf and DANIELS began arguing with him.  

Investigators encountered DANIELS outside of the residence. DANIELS fled the scene on foot and was observed running with his hands in his pockets.  Investigators challenged DANIELS to stop; however, DANIELS continued to run until he crashed into a nearby set of bushes where he was observed throwing items onto the ground.  Upon searching the area, investigators recovered a loaded .38 caliber pistol, ammunition, an estimate of 23.094 grams of cocaine base (crack), $2,100 in U.S. currency, and approximately 5.32 grams of marijuana. Investigation determined that DANIELS is a convicted felon, which prohibits him from possessing firearms and ammunition.  A search of DANIELS’ bedroom resulted in the seizure of a stolen .38 caliber revolver, ammunition, and $399 in U.S. currency.  DANIELS stated that he purchased the stolen revolver from a neighbor.

The criminal investigation of this case was conducted by Wilmington Police Department, New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives (ATF).  Assistant United States Attorney S. Katherine Burnette is handling the case on behalf of the government.

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Updated December 6, 2016