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Raleigh Man Pleads Guilty To Impersonating Army General PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 June 2018 10:37
Robert J. Higdon, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina reports Christian Gerald Desgroux 57, of Raleigh, pled guilty to pretending to be a United States Army Lieutenant General engaged in transporting a person for a classified briefing and under such guise having asserted authority to land a helicopter at Statistical Analysis Systems (SAS) headquarters, located in Cary, North Carolina – all in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 912.
 
At sentencing, set for the July 23, 2018 term of court, Desgroux faces maximum penalties of 3 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and a term of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.
 
The case is being investigated by the Department of Homeland Security and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service.
Assistant United States Attorneys Jason Kellhofer and Eleanor Morales are prosecuting the case for the government.
 
 
 
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 June 2018 10:39
 
Federal Judge Hands Down Life Sentences To Two Drug Kingpins PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 21 June 2018 10:35
The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that, Antoine Dewayne Myles a/k/a “Twan”, 42, of Dunn, North Carolina, Lemont Jerrone Webb,44, of Godwin, North Carolina, and Harry Myles Sr. 63, also of Dunn, were sentenced by United States District Judge Terrance W. Boyle. Antoine Dewayne Myles was sentenced to life imprisonment followed by 5 years of supervised release, Webb was also sentenced to life imprisonment followed by 10 years of supervised release and Harry Myles, Sr. was sentenced to 64 months imprisonment followed by 3 years of supervised release.
 
Webb and Myles Sr. were convicted following a four-day trial on January 20, 2018. Webb was convicted of drug conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (crack), and several money laundering offenses. Myles Sr. was found guilty of money laundering offenses. Antoine Dewayne Mylues was convicted on March 8, 2018,
 
after a three-day trial, of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the Intent to Distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine and 280 grams or more of cocaine base (crack), possession with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base (crack), and money laundering conspiracy.
 
The evidence at trial showed that from 2011 until their arrest on June 5, 2015, Antoine Myles and his brother Lemont Webb, were leaders in a Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO) responsible for the distribution of kilogram quantities of crack cocaine in Godwin, North Carolina. The evidence showed that Myles and Webb hired other people to work shifts selling crack cocaine from a trailer in Godwin, NC, 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. In October 2014, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office obtained an injunction against the trailer used to distribute the crack cocaine, but Myles and Webb continued their operation, selling crack cocaine from a Winnebago across the street from the original trailer.
 
The evidence at trial established that Myles Sr., the father of Lemont Webb and Antoin Myles,  played an integral role in the operation of the DTO by allowing multiple properties used to store and distribute crack cocaine, to be placed in his name in order to conceal the true source of the illegal funds used to purchase the properties, and to frustrate law enforcement’s efforts to seize the properties.
 
Additionally, the trial evidence established that Myles Sr. and Lemont Webb purchased tow trucks and started a towing business which was utilized to launder illegal drug proceeds. Moreover, Myles and Lemont Webb both purchased multiple vehicles with illegal drug proceeds and titled the vehicles in the names of other persons to frustrate any efforts by law enforcement to seize and forfeit the vehicles.
 
At sentencing, Lemont Webb was found responsible for the distribution of over 125 kilograms of cocaine base (crack) over the life of the drug conspiracy and Antoine  Myles was found responsible for the distribution of over 40 kilograms of cocaine base (crack) during his involvement in the drug conspiracy. Myles Sr. was found to have been involved in the laundering of over $175,000 in illegal drug proceeds.
 
Additionally, 15 other defendants have been convicted of various drug and money laundering charges arising from this investigation.
 
Mr. Higdon commented: “Antoine Myles, his father Harry Myles, and Lemont Webb have finally been brought to justice. For years they have victimized the small community of Godwin and turned it into a virtual open-air drug market. Collectively they distributed nearly 300 pounds of cocaine. As law enforcement tried to stop them, they thumbed their noses, adjusted their operation and carried on. Today, that stops! The sentences handed down in these cases are clear warnings to drug traffickers that we are taking back North Carolina from the drug dealers and violent criminals. And removing these defendants from Godwin, North Carolina is a great start.”
 
"Today, Justice is served and not only are criminals going to jail for their crimes, but the government has seized a significant portion of the illegal proceeds through asset forfeiture. The role of IRS-CI in narcotics investigations is to follow the money so we can financially disrupt and dismantle major drug trafficking organizations. One of the government's most powerful weapons is the ability to seize through asset forfeiture the assets associated with narcotics-related crime,” said Matthew D. Line, Special Agent in Charge, IRS Criminal Investigation, Charlotte Field Office. “IRS-CI is proud to provide its financial expertise as we work alongside our law enforcement partners to bring criminals to justice."
 
Cumberland County District Attorney Billy West said, “He would like to thank the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office and our Federal Law Enforcement partners for dismantling this Drug Trafficking Organization that was a blight on our community. The Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office looks forward to continuing to partner with our local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to combat drug traffickers in Cumberland County.”
 
The investigation of this case was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) and the United States Marshal’s Service. Assistant United States Attorney Lawrence Cameron represented the government in this case.
Last Updated on Thursday, 21 June 2018 10:50
 
June 28 Set For Public Hearing On $72.9 Million Federal Social Services Block Grant PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 21 June 2018 10:11
Public comment is sought on the proposed Social Services Block Grant Plan, which outlines how $72.9 million in federal social services block grant funds will be spent in North Carolina in the coming state fiscal year. The public can comment at a hearing on June 28 at Raleigh’s Dorothea Dix Campus, or via mail, email and fax.
 
The Social Services Block Grant is the major source of federal funding for several programs, including: adoption, counseling, adult day care and foster care, protective services for adults, housing and residential treatment. Other uses may include child care for child welfare cases, community-based services for elderly and disabled adults, mental health services, transportation and other human services programs.
 
The General Assembly has approved allocation of the funds for state fiscal year 2018-19.
 
The public hearing will be held Thursday, June 28, from noon-1 p.m. at the Division of Social Services, 820 S. Boylan Ave., McBryde Building, 1st Floor Conference Room 151, Dorothea Dix Campus, Raleigh, NC. The written plan will be available June 16-28 at the following locations: 
All 100 county departments of social services
Online on the Division of Social Services' website
Division of Social Services, McBryde Building, Dorothea Dix Campus, 820 S. Boylan Ave., Raleigh, NC, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday
Comments on the report must be submitted in writing no later than June 28 by one of the following methods: 
Mail, postmarked no later than June 28, to:
          RE: SSBG Plan Comments
          Wayne Black
          Director, Division of Social Services
          2420 Mail Service Center
          Raleigh, NC 27699-2420 
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Fax: (919) 334-1052
Mailing any agency that displays the plan
 
Kinston Man Sentenced To 22 Years In Federal Prison For String Of Armed Robberies PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 21 June 2018 09:47
Charles Elliott Nobles, 37, of Kinston, North Carolina was sentenced by Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever, III to 264 months imprisonment followed by 3 years’ supervised release.
 
Nobles was named in a two-count Superseding Criminal Information on September 11, 2017. On that day, Nobles pled guilty to Brandishing a Firearm in Furtherance of a Crime of Violence and Aiding and Abetting and Discharging a Firearm in Furtherance of a Crime of Violence and Aiding and Abetting.
Between August 24, 2015, and May 15, 2016, a series of armed robberies occurred in the Eastern District of North Carolina area and elsewhere. A total of seven robberies were conducted by various participants including NOBLES. NOBLES was at the helm of the conspiracy and participated in all seven robberies.
 
Between August 24, 2015 and May 15, 2016 Nobles participated in at least seven Hobbs Act robberies. During the course of the crime spree, Nobles robbed a US Cellular store in Beulaville, attempted a robbery at the Win-A-Lot internet café in Kinston, a Family Dollar store in Pink Hill, a Family Dollar store in Faison, a US Cellular store in Kenansville, a US Cellular store in Snow Hill, and robbed the US Cellular store in Kenansville a second time. During the attempted robbery of the Win-A-Lot internet café, Nobles aided and abetted others who shot a victim in the face.
 
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. Attorney General Jeff Sessions reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting 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.
 
In support of PSN, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina has implemented the Take Back North Carolina Initiative. 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.
 
Investigation of this case was conducted by the Henderson Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Assistant United States Attorney S. Katherine Burnette prosecuted this case.
 
Last Updated on Thursday, 21 June 2018 09:49
 
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