Wilmington Man Sentenced for Heroin Distribution
|U.S. Attorney’s Office July 24, 2013|
NEW BERN—United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court on July 22, 2013, United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle, sentenced Avery Muldrow, 23, of Wilmington, North Carolina, to 120 months’ imprisonment, followed by a life term of supervised release.
On March 21, 2013, Muldrow pled guilty to four counts of distribution of a quantity of heroin.
The investigation and testimony from the sentencing hearing revealed that between September 2012 and October 2012, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office took part in three controlled purchases of heroin from Muldrow in New Hanover County North Carolina.
On January 15, 2013, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Streets Task Force, New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, and the Wilmington Police Department arrested Muldrow on a federal warrant after a traffic stop. Muldrow handed a quantity of cocaine and heroin to a passenger in the car just prior to his arrest. Law enforcement obtained a search warrant for a residence where Muldrow had been staying and they recovered a quantity of heroin, cocaine, an AR-15 rifle, a 9mm handgun, and a revolver.
This case was brought as a part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Operation entitled WoofPack, investigating importers and multi-level distributors of heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine, and gang activity associated with this distribution. So far, 38 persons have been sentenced in federal court as a part of this operation.
Investigation of this OCEDTF case is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (Safe Streets Task Force); the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the United States Marshals Service; the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation; the Wilmington, Greensborom and Greenville Police Departments; the New Hanover and Onslow County Sheriff’s Offices; and the Florence County South Carolina Sheriff’s Office. Special Assistant United States Attorney Timothy Severo represents the government. 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 criminal matters.