Saturday, 13 December 2008

Martrey Antwain Newby, 24, and Theron Jermaine Thompson, 35.convicted

Martrey Antwain Newby, 24, and Theron Jermaine Thompson, 35.On Wednesday, Louise W. Flanagan, the chief U.S. district court judge, sentenced Newby to 35 years in federal prison. In July, a jury convicted Newby of conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of crack cocaine and five counts of possession with the intent to distribute crack cocaine.On Thursday, Flanagan sentenced Thompson to 26 years in federal prison. Thompson pled guilty Sept. 11 to distributing more than 50 grams of crack cocaine, three counts of possession with intent to distribute five grams of crack cocaine and distribution of crack cocaine.Thompson and Newby were arrested after drug activity investigations by the New Bern Police Department. During the investigations, police discovered Thompson had been involved in drug operations as early as 1999, distributed more than 2,900 grams of crack cocaine and distributed more than 11 kilograms of powder cocaine.In a trial, evidence included five videos of Newby distributing crack cocaine. One of the videos showed Newby selling or buying drugs while a child was in a safety seat in the back of the car.Police discovered Newby had distributed crack cocaine since he was released from state prison in September 2006. Newby was previously convicted of armed robbery, possessing with intent to sell or deliver marijuana and assaulting a government official.The New Bern Police Department is still investigating drug activity in the area.



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