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RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that United States District Court Judge James C. Dever III sentenced RODNEY TROY WILLIAMS, 50, of Bolivia, North Carolina, to 204 months in prison, followed by 60 months of supervised release.

WILLIAMS was charged in a two-count Indictment that was issued by the grand jury for the Eastern District of North Carolina on January 31, 2018. The indictment charged WILLIAMS with multiple drug trafficking counts relating to the distribution of cocaine base crack. All of the charged crimes took place in Brunswick and Robeson Counties of North Carolina.

In April, 2017, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office investigated a drug trafficking group that WILLIAMS allegedly worked for. On April 10, 2017, based upon multiple leads, the FBI and Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office followed WILLAMS from his home in Brunswick County to a residence in Robeson County, North Carolina. While WILLIAMS traveled back to Brunswick County, law enforcement initiated traffic stops on both cars traveling with WILLIAMS. In one of the vehicles, agents recovered roughly 100 grams of crack cocaine.

All of the individuals from both vehicles were arrested and eventually confessed to working with WILLIAMS to traffic the seized
crack cocaine.

At sentencing, the Court found that WILLIAMS was the leader of the drug trafficking organization. Further, the Court noted
WILLIAMS’S lengthy criminal history, which includes multiple drug trafficking felonies, as part of the justification for the sentence imposed.

This case was brought by the United States Attorney’s Office through partnership with the Brunswick County Sherrif’s Office
and the FBI. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Brad Knott.

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