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

Friday, February 1, 2019

Wilson Man Sentenced for Drug Possession After Federal Jury Conviction

NEW BERN – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that today in federal court, United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced BONDURANT AKEEM RUFFIN, 34, of Wilson, NC, to 69 months imprisonment, followed by 4 years supervised release.  On August 15, 2018, following a three day jury trial before United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan, a jury found RUFFIN guilty of possession with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine and 28 grams or more of cocaine base (crack). 

According to the investigation, on November 24, 2016, the Wilson Police Department began investigating a vehicle break-in.  They utilized a canine to conduct a tracking of the vehicle break-in suspect and encountered RUFFIN near a handicap ramp at a home.  Close to RUFFIN, underneath the handicap ramp, was a bag that was later determined to contain 879 grams of powder cocaine and 74 grams of cocaine base (crack).  This bag also contained a digital scale, a spoon and packaging materials.  At the time of his arrest, RUFFIN possessed over $2,000 in U.S. currency.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Wilson Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Dena King prosecuted the case for the government.

Drug Trafficking
Updated February 1, 2019