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Norlina Man Gets 6 Years In Federal Prison For Child Porn Crimes PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 06 March 2020 13:46

Chief United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle, sentenced Michael Wyatt Collius, 23, of Norlina, NC to 72 months’ imprisonment, followed by a five-year term of supervised release.  COLLIUS was also ordered to pay more than $68,000 in restitution to known child pornography victims identified through the investigation.  COLLIUS pled guilty pursuant to a plea agreement on November 13, 2019 to one count of receipt of child pornography. 

In September 2016, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Raleigh, North Carolina, assisted the Spanish National Police Cyber Child Pornography Group II, Technology Investigation Unit, with an investigation into Dropbox users sharing child pornography.  Investigators were able to determine that one of the accounts responsible for sharing child pornography belonged to COLLIUS

Following additional investigation, a search warrant was obtained for COLLIUS’ residence.  On May 3, 2018, investigators with the FBI and Warren County Sheriff’s Office executed the warrant and seizedCOLLIUS’ phone.  A later forensic review recovered over 800 images and over 200 videos containing child pornography. COLLIUS agreed to speak with investigators at the time of the search and admitted to receiving, sharing and possessing child pornography.  

  This case is part of the Project Safe Childhood initiative, a national program aimed at ensuring that criminals exploiting children are effectively prosecuted by making full use of all available law enforcement resources at every level.  

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Raleigh, North Carolina, conducted the investigation of this case with assistance from the Spanish National Police Cyber Child Pornography Group II, Technology Investigation Unit and the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.  Assistant United States Attorney Bryan M. Stephany represented the government. 

 
Lumberton Man Faces Life In Prison After Conviction Of Drug And Firearm Crimes PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 28 February 2020 08:54
James Calvin Breeden, a 33-year-old resident of Lumberton, was convicted following a one-day trial before Senior United States District Judge James Earl Britt.  The jury found Breeden guilty of Possession with the Intent to Distribute 28 Grams or more of Cocaine Base (Crack) and a Quantity of Cocaine, Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime, and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Sentencing is scheduled for the June 1, 2020 term of court in Raleigh.  Breeden faces at least ten years’ and up to life imprisonment.
 
The evidence at trial showed that BREEDEN, who is a convicted felon, was the passenger of a vehicle stopped by officers with the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office as they were attempting to serve an outstanding warrant. When officer’s approached the vehicle, they observed BREEDEN in possession of a crown royal bag that contained approximately 80 grams of crack cocaine and 38 grams of cocaine. He also possessed loaded handgun inside of his waistband.  
 
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.   Since 2017, the United States Department of Justice has reinvigorated the PSN program and has targeted violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally based strategies to reduce violent crime.
 
That effort has been implemented through the Take Back North Carolina Initiative of The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina.  This initiative emphasizes the regional assignment of federal prosecutors to work with law enforcement and District Attorney’s Offices on a sustained basis in those communities to reduce the violent crime rate, drug trafficking, and crimes against law enforcement.
 
The Robeson County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) conducted investigation of this case.  Assistant United States Attorneys Chad Rhoades and Erin Blondel handled the prosecution of this case for the government.
 
Last Updated on Friday, 28 February 2020 08:57
 
Henderson Man Gets 26 Years Drug And Gun Crimes PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 20 February 2020 09:57

United States District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced Johathan Antwan Mitchell, 34, of Henderson, North Carolina to 312 months imprisonment, followed by 5 years of supervised release.

Mitchell was named in an Indictment filed on December 4, 2018, charging him with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, possess with the intent to distribute a quantity of heroin, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.  On July 22, 2019, Mitchellpled guilty to that charge. 

According to the investigation, in August of 2018, agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted a controlled purchase of heroin from MITCHELL.  This purchase occurred in Henderson, North Carolina.

A few days later, a trooper with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a car that MITCHELL was driving.  MITCHELL sped away, reaching speeds of up to approximately 80 mph in a 45 mph zone.  After a couple of miles, MITCHELL lost control and wrecked the car in a ditch.  MITCHELL ran from the car and after a struggle with the trooper, was ultimately placed under arrest.  Agents from the Vance County Sheriff’s Office and the State Bureau of Investigation arrived at the scene to assist.  As a result of the arrest and a search of the car, agents recovered over 1,200 dosage units of heroin, approximately $31,000 in US currency, a semiautomatic pistol, and a 50-round extended magazine.  MITCHELL later admitted to agents that he had been dealing heroin in the Henderson and Vance County area since 2014.

This case is part of the Take Back North Carolina Initiative of The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina.  This initiative emphasizes the regional assignment of federal prosecutors to work with law enforcement and District Attorney’s Offices on a sustained basis in those communities to reduce the violent crime rate, drug trafficking, and crimes against law enforcement.  For more information about this initiative click here:  ww.justice.gov/usao-ednc/tbnc

Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Homeland Security Investigations; the State Bureau of Investigation; the Vance County Sheriff’s Office; and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol conducted the investigation in this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney Nick J. Miller represented the government.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2020 09:59
 
Career Drug Dealer Gets 30 Years PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 20 February 2020 09:18

Robert J. Higdon, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announces that in Federal court, BRANDON DUDLEY, a 34-year-old resident of Duplin County, North Carolina, received a thirty (30) year sentence following his conviction before Chief United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle.  After a three-day trial, a jury found DUDLEY guilty of all counts reflecting his extensive drug trafficking activities throughout Eastern North Carolina. During trial, the prosecution presented evidence of multiple narcotics sales involving DUDLEY, as well as the testimony of individuals who assisted DUDLEY’s operation back to the 1990’s.

 

Despite serving prison time on various occasions in the North Carolina Department of Corrections, DUDLEY, and those with whom he worked, have continued to distribute large quantities of methamphetamine and other drugs since 2015. Upon final calculation, the Court held DUDLEY “conservatively responsible” for the following quantities of drugs:

 

  • 20 KG of Crystal Methamphetamine;
  • 41 KG of Marijuana;
  • 31 KG of Cocaine;
  • 15 KG of Crack Cocaine.

 

In addition to the evidence presented regarding drug trafficking, the Court received extensive testimony that tied DUDLEY to the use of firearms while running the Drug Trafficking Organization. DUDLEY has been linked to multiple, ongoing investigations that involve violence and criminal activity centered on the use, possession and trafficking of firearms.

 

Mr. Higdon commented:  “Brandon Dudley’s sentence represents a just conclusion to a long, thorough investigation into a committed, prolific drug dealer. The Dudley case is part of the Take Back North Carolina Initiative, which targets the most dangerous criminals in our communities throughout Eastern North Carolina. With the focused, interconnected efforts of federal, state, and local law enforcement, the Dudley drug trafficking organization has been successfully identified, investigated, and is now fully dismantled. Given Brandon Dudley’s years of committed criminal activity and the countless lives affected throughout North Carolina by the drugs and accompanying violence dispensed by his organization, incapacitating Dudley will make all of Eastern North Carolina safer.”

 

This prosecution is part of an extensive investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF).  OCDETF is a joint federal, state, and local cooperative approach to combat drug trafficking and is the nation’s primary tool for disrupting and dismantling major drug trafficking organizations, targeting national and regional level drug trafficking organizations, and coordinating the necessary law enforcement entities and resources to disrupt or dismantle the targeted criminal organization and seize their assets.

 

The DUDLEY prosecution was a part of the “Fall of the House of Usher” OCDETF  Operation that has resulted in the prosecution of dozens of high level drug traffickers, gang and cartel-linked criminals, and the seizure of hundreds of kilograms of controlled substances throughout Eastern North Carolina and beyond.

 

The Duplin County Sheriff’s Office and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration investigated this matter.   J. Frank Bradsher and J. Bradford Knott prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.

 
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