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RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that today in federal court, Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced Jermaine Dale Rogers, 39, of Wilmington, to 210 months of imprisonment followed by 6 years of supervised release.

Rogers was named in an indictment filed on July 19, 2017.  On October 25, 2017, Rogers pled guilty to distribution of a quantity of heroin.

In February 2017, a confidential informant (informant) advised law enforcement in New Hanover County that Rogers was actively selling heroin.  At the time, Rogers was residing in a federal halfway house in Wilmington following his release from the Bureau of Prisons.  The informant admitted to purchasing two clips or two grams of heroin from Rogers approximately 15 times over the course of three months.  In April 2017, under the direction of law enforcement, the informant made arrangements to conduct a controlled purchase of heroin from Rogers. On April 18, 2017, the informant purchased approximately 2 grams of heroin from Rogers in exchange for $600 in United States currency.

On June 21, 2017, Rogers was subsequently arrested and the defendant admitted to selling heroin to the confidential informant.

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI conducted the criminal investigation of this case.  Assistant United States Attorney Bradford Knott handled the prosecution of this case for the government. At the sentencing, Judge Dever highlighted, among other reasons, Rogers’ persistent involvement in drug trafficking as a motivating factor for the sentence imposed.

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