North Carolina man sentenced to over 16 years in prison for drug charges

Published 5:19 pm Thursday, July 29, 2021

A Raleigh man was sentenced July 27 to 200 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, one kilogram or more of heroin and a quantity of marijuana, possess with intent to distribute 100 grams of heroin and 500 grams or more of cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of North Carolina.

According to court documents and information presented in court, Jameel El-Amin Williams, 44, was arrested after a search of his residence. “Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Raleigh Police Department seized 1.26 kilograms of cocaine, 822 grams of heroin, a 7.62 rifle loaded with a 30-round magazine, a.357 pistol loaded with a 50-round drum magazine, and a 9mm pistol with an extended magazine,” stated the release. “Large quantities of ammunition, drug paraphernalia (including equipment to cook cocaine into crack cocaine), false identification cards, and over $17,000 in U.S. currency was also seized.”

The investigation revealed that Williams had engaged in heroin, cocaine and marijuana trafficking for a number of years, beginning less than one year after his release from state prison in 2012, where he had served a 15-year sentence for second degree murder, according to the release.

“This effort is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation,” the release continued. “OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.”

G. Norman Acker III, acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Terrence W. Boyle. The FBI Raleigh Durham Safe Streets Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Raleigh Police Department investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Crosby prosecuted.

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