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Cocaine Trafficker Is Sentenced To 10+ Years In Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of North Carolina
The Defendant Sold Drugs Near an Elementary School

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Dante Rashaun Ramseur, 44, of Hickory, North Carolina, was sentenced today to 121 months in prison followed by six years of supervised release on federal drug charges, announced Dena J. King U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

Robert J. Murphy, Special Agent in Charge of the Atlanta Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which oversees the Charlotte District Office, Robert M. DeWitt, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Charlotte Division, and Sheriff Donald G. Brown II of the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office join U.S. Attorney King in making today’s announcement.

According to filed court documents and today’s sentencing hearing, law enforcement conducting an investigation into drug trafficking networks in Catawba County determined that Ramseur was distributing significant quantities of cocaine in the Hickory area. The cocaine was supplied to Ramseur by his co-defendants, Holly Christine Furlough, 31, and Carlos Hernandez Landeiro, 33, both of Charlotte. Court records show that, between September 2022 and January 2023, Ramseur sold cocaine to an undercover officer on multiple occasions. Ramseur was arrested in February 2023, after he attempted to sell six kilograms of cocaine to the undercover officer. During the investigation, Ramseur conducted the drug transactions with the undercover officer throughout the Hickory area, including within 1,000 feet of an elementary school.

At today’s sentencing hearing, the Court determined that Ramseur obstructed justice by intimidating an individual associated with the case. As a result, Ramseur received a sentencing enhancement.

On September 20, 2023, Ramseur pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute cocaine within 1,000 feet of an elementary school, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a mixture of cocaine, and distribution of cocaine. He is currently in federal custody and will be transferred to the custody of the federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility.

Furlough and Landeiro have each pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession with intent to distribute cocaine near a school. A sentencing date for the defendants has not been set.

This case was investigated by a joint Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) which includes the DEA, the FBI, and the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at

Assistant U.S. Attorney Regina Pack of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte is in charge of the prosecution.

Updated February 14, 2024

Drug Trafficking