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Shallotte Man Gets 14 Year Federal Sentence Cocaine Trafficking PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 23 November 2020 15:25

A Shallotte man was sentenced today to 168 months in prison for one count of Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute 28 Grams or More of Cocaine Base (Crack) and one count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine Base (Crack). 

According to court documents, Malcolm Lamont Jackson, 47, pleaded guilty to the charges on May 11, 2020. 

In 2018, investigators with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office received information that Jackson was selling large amounts of cocaine base (crack) and cocaine in Brunswick County, North Carolina. 

On May 29, 2018, investigators received information that Jackson was going to be traveling to Whiteville, North Carolina to be re-supplied with cocaine. Investigators conducted a traffic stop of Jackson, and he was found in possession of marijuana, cocaine base (crack), cocaine, alprazolam (Xanax) pills, currency, and two cell phones. Jackson admitted that he had been selling cocaine base (crack) for more than four months. 

On December 6, 2018, agents observed Jackson driving at a high rate of speed in Brunswick County. Jackson then stopped suddenly, causing agents to have to make an evasive lane change to avoid a collision. Jackson then made a U-turn and fled in the opposite direction before turning into a driveway, opening the door, and starting to flee. Agents ordered Jackson to stop, and he finally complied. On Jackson’s person, agents found 8.07 grams of cocaine base (crack) and marijuana. Jackson then admitted he had been selling cocaine. 

On February 14, 2019, agents were at a gas station in Shallotte when they detected a strong odor of marijuana emanating from a nearby vehicle, and they noticed Jackson standing by it. Jackson entered the vehicle and departed the gas station. Agents attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but Jackson attempted to elude officers by turning down a dirt road. As he drove, Jackson threw objects from his car window, which were later recovered and determined to be cocaine base (crack), cocaine, and marijuana. Agents also found currency in Jackson’s vehicle. Jackson was arrested. 

Information from additional witnesses determined that Jackson had been selling cocaine base (crack) since at least January 2017. 

Robert J. Higdon, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after sentencing by Chief U.S. District Judge Terrence W. Boyle. The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott A. Lemmon  prosecuted the case.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 November 2020 15:48
 
Fleeing Henderson Man Sentenced To 15 Years For Drug And Firearm Crimes PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 28 October 2020 11:33
A Henderson man was sentenced to 189 months in prison for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Included in this sentence is 24 months in prison for violating the terms of his federal supervised release.
 
According to court documents, on September 13, 2019, Jasmele Robinson, 37, fled from deputies of the Vance County Sheriff’s Office when they attempted to serve a search warrant at his residence.  Deputies obtained a search warrant after they utilized a confidential informant to purchase heroin from Robinson at his Henderson residence.  When deputies arrived to serve the warrant, Robinson fled the residence in a car.  Deputies attempted to block his car with their patrol vehicles and Robinson rammed their cars and drove away before striking a tree.  
 
Robinson continued to struggle with deputies after he wrecked his vehicle and threw a bag underneath the wrecked car.  When deputies recovered the bag, they found a quantity of heroin.  Upon Robinson’s arrest, he was found with a loaded firearm, which had been stolen from Granville County.  Four deputies’ sustained injuries in the incident, two of them suffering serious injuries, which required hospitalization and surgery.  At the time of the incident, Robinson was on federal supervised release following a prior conviction in federal court for felon in possession of a firearm.  
 
Robert J. Higdon, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after sentencing by Chief U.S. District Judge Terrence W. Boyle. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI), the Henderson Police Department, and the Vance County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert J. Dodson  prosecuted the case.
 
North Carolina Gets 3.1 Million COVID-19 Antigen Tests From Feds PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 27 October 2020 09:28

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is sending 3,150,000 state-of-the-art Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 point of care antigen tests to the State of North Carolina. The rapid point of care tests, which can diagnose coronavirus infection in as little as fifteen minutes, will be distributed at the discretion of Governor Roy Cooper to support testing K-12 students, teachers, nursing home patients and staff, higher education, critical infrastructure, first responders, and other priorities as he deems fit.

The Trump Administration has shipped over 552,000 COVID-19 rapid tests directly to congregate care settings such as North Carolina nursing homes, assisted living facilities and to historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the state. As of October 26 over 1,320,000 BinaxNOW tests have been shipped to North Carolina.

“To facilitate the continued re-opening of North Carolina schools, businesses and economy, the Trump Administration has prioritized scaling up the state’s point of care testing capacity by making this $760 million national investment in BinaxNOW tests,” said Assistant Secretary for Health Admiral Brett Giroir, MD. “Distributing these rapid tests directly to states is consistent with the Trump Administration’s successful, ongoing approach of testing the right person, with the right test at the right time, is working and the effort will continue until the pandemic is under control.”

In preliminary feedback, the State of North Carolina shared the BinaxNOW tests are being sent to counties with >5% positivity rate and allowing their local health departments to determine where tests should be sent. The state is recommending a focus on local schools, outbreaks, and high-risk congregate settings.

Giroir pointed out that testing does not substitute for avoiding crowded indoor spaces, washing one’s hands, or wearing a mask when not able to physically distance. “Combining personal responsibility with smart testing is a foundational pillar of the Administration’s national testing strategy.”

BACKGROUND

The Federal government purchased Abbott BinaxNOW diagnostic tests on August 27, 2020, to ensure equitable distribution of the first 150 million units – one day after an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) was issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – to ensure they would be expeditiously distributed to vulnerable populations as quickly as possible. Now that initial distribution of these tests to all 50 states and the District of Columbia is well underway, it ensures the nation’s governors will not have to compete for the initial BinaxNOW shipments, or waste precious time to set up individual purchasing contracts with the manufacturer.

HHS has also provided all CLIA-certified nursing homes over 11 million rapid point of care tests, this includes Abbott BinaxNOW FDA-authorized antigen diagnostic tests and either a Quidel Sofia 2 or Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD) Veritor™ Plus System instrument(s) with associated tests.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 October 2020 09:32
 
Eastern Band Of Cherokee Chief Blasts President's Support of Lumbee Tribal Recognition PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 23 October 2020 13:35

The following is a statement from Principal Chief Richard Sneed of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians responding to political pandering regarding the Lumbee Recognition Act: 

"Tis the season when politicians of all stripes make desperate promises to get votes, but the pandering has reached new levels with the embrace of legislation to extend federal recognition to the Lumbee in North Carolina. The Lumbee have failed to attain federal acknowledgment as a tribe for over a century for good reason--they fail to meet the standards for federal recognition at every level. Despite false claims of association with four different tribes over the years, they have no language, no provable connection with any historic tribe and have opposed measures to genealogically verify Native ancestry of the group of people they call “members.” Yet, they’ve continued to cloak themselves in tribal identities that don’t belong to them, including Cherokee, and appropriated cultural practices from other tribes to seem more ‘Indian.’

It’s time to put an end to this charade. History and facts must guide the process, not politics. The purpose of federal recognition is to empower authentic Native peoples to protect and preserve their culture and identity, not to grant federal endorsement to large-scale cultural identity theft. Doing so would open the floodgates for hundreds of other groups of people claiming to be tribes to follow the same corrupt political path blazed by the Lumbee.

Before the Congress spends a billion dollars to allow the Lumbee to circumvent the federal acknowledgment process at the Department of the Interior, it should listen to the voices of legitimate tribes that understand these issues."

 
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