News Release
April 16, 2008

Duplin County Woman Sentenced On Drug Charges

APR 16 -- (Raleigh, NC) - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced TIFFANY LAROSE TAYLOR, 33, of Duplin County, North Carolina, to 180 months’ imprisonment and five years supervised release following her term of confinement.

A Criminal Information was filed on August 29, 2007. On September 26, 2007, TAYLOR pled guilty to conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine and a quantity of methamphetamine. On December 30, 2006, TAYLOR, sold 14 grams of cocaine and 3 grams of methamphetamine to an agent for the government in Surf City, North Carolina. On January 11, 2007, TAYLOR was arrested after a traffic stop in Duplin County. Her car was search and 45 grams of methamphetamine were found. On January 24, 2007, TAYLOR was arrested after she purchsed 11 ounces of cocaine in Onslow County, North Carolina. TAYLOR was part of an organization responsible for distributing more than 40 kilgrams of cocaine and 60 pounds of methamphetamine into the Pender, Onslow and Duplin County areas.

Mr. Holding said, “Methamphetamine continues to grow as a threat to our citizens. Its production and use pose serious dangers to those who may encounter it and to law enforcement as they investigate these crimes. We are working hard to prosecute those that would introduce this danger into our communities.”

Investigation of the case was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration-Wilmington, the Surf City Police Department, the Onslow County Sheriff’s Department, the Dupling County Sheriff’s Department, the Sampson County Sheriff’s Department, and the Wilmington Police Department. The United States was represented by Special Assistant United States Attorney Timothy Severo. Mr. Severo is a prosecutor with the New Hanover district Attorney’s Office. District Attorney Ben David has assigned him to the United States Attorney’s Office to prosecute federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) criminal matters. This has been made possible by a grant funded by the Governor’s Crime Commission and the New Hanover County Commissioners.

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