News Release
June 10, 2009
Contact: Chuvalo J. Truesdell
Number: 404-893-7124

Fugitive Drug Trafficker Receives 35-Year Prison Sentence

JUN 10 -- GREENVILLE, NC - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today, Senior United States District Judge Malcolm J. Howard, sentenced ENERVA W. TROTMAN, 51, formerly of New Bern, North Carolina, to 420 months imprisonment. On January 27, 2009, a jury found TROTMAN guilty of one count of conspiring to distribute crack cocaine, five counts of distributing crack cocaine, and one count of using a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime.

The charges arise from five undercover purchases of crack cocaine from TROTMAN in 1991. In each case, an undercover police officer purchased quantities of crack cocaine from TROTMAN. All five transactions took place in either New Bern or Havelock. The defendant was arrested by the Drug Enforcement Administration in November, 1991, and admitted purchasing over 14 kilograms of crack cocaine from his supplier over a two year period. After being released on bond, TROTMAN fled the area and remained a fugitive until 2006. He was returned to this district following serving a prison sentence in New Jersey for a drug trafficking offense.

DEA Atlanta Field Division (AFD) Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Rodney G. Benson commented on the sentencing, "The distribution of dangerous drugs and associated gun violence are a recipe for disaster. This lifestyle will land you serious prison time or it may cost you your life. The lengthy sentence imposed upon this defendant is appropriate for the crimes that he committed."

Mr. Holding commented, “Today the Court has imposed a stiff sentence on this defendant. This sentence is appropriate when one considers the large quantities of crack cocaine distributed by this defendant in the Eastern District, as well as his complete disregard for the law as evidenced by his unwillingness to abide by conditions of release during the pendency of this matter. As such, we believe the Court’s sentence was entirely appropriate.”

Investigation of the case was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the New Bern Police Department.

Assistant United States Attorney John Bennett served as prosecutor for the government.

DEA AFD SAC Rodney G. 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, and