Major Drug Organization Member Sentenced
APR 21 -- RALEIGH, NC - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding and Rodney G. Benson, Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the DEA Atlanta Field Division (AFD), announced that in federal court on April 10, 2009, Chief United States Judge Flanagan sentenced another defendant from the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation entitled Hornet’s Nest. TYRICE NATHANIEL DOUGLAS, 25, of Sanford, North Carolina, received 164 months imprisonment followed by five years of supervised release.
In the course of executing an arrest warrant on co-conspirator Daryl Glover, law enforcement agents found Glover leaving a residence in Fayetteville, North Carolina, with DOUGLAS. Both were placed under arrest; Glover for the warrant and DOUGLAS for possession of marijuana, which was found under the seat of the vehicle they were in. Glover’s arrest was precipitated by the December, 2006, seizure of approximately 134 kilograms of cocaine and nearly $1.5 million in cash from outside a home in Robeson County, North Carolina. The investigation revealed that following the seizure and resulting interruption in Glover’s source of supply, DOUGLAS introduced Glover to a different source in February, 2007, who then began supplying cocaine and marijuana to Glover. At the residence from which Glover and DOUGLAS were leaving on the day of their arrests, approximately 475 pounds of marijuana, one kilogram of crack cocaine, and over $10,000 in cash was seized.
DEA’s SAC Benson stated, “DEA wants to send a clear message, in that when you deal drugs, you will be brought to justice. This large-scale cocaine and marijuana distributor was driven by greed and power. Today he stands powerless and will spend well-deserved time in prison. This case would not have been possible without the high level of cooperation between our law enforcement counterparts.”
Mr. Holding commented, “This investigation reveals how North Carolina has become a significant trans-shipment point for domestic and international drug trafficking organizations and it shows the inter-relationship of these groups. We will continue to pursue these organizations in an attempt to rid our district of illicit drugs and the crimes that accompany drug trafficking.”
Investigation of the cases was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration–Wilmington, the North Carolina Highway Patrol, the Cumberland County Bureau of Narcotics, Fayetteville Police Department, as well as the Drug Enforcement Administration–Dallas, Texas and Drug Enforcement Administration–Corpus Christi, Texas.
DEA’s SAC Benson encourages parents, along with their children, to educate themselves about the dangers of legal and illegal drugs by visiting DEA’s interactive websites at www.justthinktwice.com, www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com and www.dea.gov. DEA.gov takes you directly to the Diversion Control and Prescription Drugs link.