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Leland man sentenced to 10 years on federal drug conviction


RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court on July 8, 2010, United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, sentenced LUIS ALBERTO BECERRA, 27, an illegal alien residing in Leland, North Carolina, to 120 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on June 24, 2009. On February 8, 2010, BECERRA pled guilty to conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine and 50 grams or more of cocaine base (crack).

On March 31, 2009, BECERRA was arrested by deputies of the Pender County Sheriff’s Office and officers of the Topsail, the Surf City and the Holly Ridge Police Departments as he attempted to deliver 10 ounces of crack cocaine to a residence on Manhollow Church Road in Pender County. The investigation uncovered that BECERRA was delivering ounce-quantity amounts of cocaine into the Pender County area for the past nine months prior to his arrest on these charges. BECERRA was on probation for attempting to traffic in cocaine at the time of his arrest.

This case was brought as a part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Operation entitled Don Quixote, investigating importers and multi-level distributors of cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin, Ecstasy and gang activity associated with this distribution. This organization is responsible for the importation and distribution of more than 230 kilograms of cocaine, more than 65 kilograms of crack cocaine, 3 kilograms of heroin, 20,000 Ecstacy pills and several kilograms of marijuana into Eastern North Carolina since 2003. To date, 37 people have been sentenced in federal court as a part of this operation. Investigation of the case is being conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms; the Federal Bureau of Investigations Safe Streets Task Force (Wilmington); the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations; the Wilmington Police Department; the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office; the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office; the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office; the Pender County Sheriff’s Office; the Holly Ridge Police Department; the Topsail Police Department and the Surf City Police Department.

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. This has been made possible by a grant funded by the Governor’s Crime Commission and the New Hanover County Commissioners.


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Am I readig this right??????

An ILLEGAL Alien is being sentenced to 120 months in jail. Where the taxpayers will be paying to feed and shelter him...but them he is being sentenced to 5 more years of supervision after his release????
Does this mean he will have to stay in the country for 5 years after his release for the supervision??? Why don't we just ship him back and let his own country supervise????
Don't get me wrong I am Very Happy that we got the drugs off the street but I am just confused as why any judge would rule this way??? definitely ain't what it used to be!!!

"...and 5 years supervised release"? He's ILLEGAL!!!

What in the heck kind of sentence is that? The man gets a 10 year sentence in an American prison for being a drug trafficker, followed by 5 years of, "Supervised Release"? He's ILLEGAL, how about a 5 minute border crossing back to his home country where he's supposed to be in the first place?

So this illegal criminal that wants to poison our children with drugs gets out of jail to be "supervised" for 5 years. I'm not sure if this is bad sentencing by the judge, bad reporting or what, but nobody here in the US should be supervising him at all, except for his one way trip to Mexico!

Amazing isn't it? And they continue to walk among us....

Too Bad

I wish we could contract out services from North Korea for handling these illegals. They know how to handle cockroaches who slide in under the radar instead of doing things their way. Too bad people running our country have no b@lls.

Now we get to let him sit around our prison leeching our tax dollars, only to get out in 10 years and spend more time sucking our money away.

Way to go justice system. Keep nailing people for speeding while letting the drunk drivesr and "undocumented citizens" (cockroaches) and drug dealers roam free


for the next ten years, he gets to sit in a state facility; get 3 squares a day; have access to cable tv; and access to furthering his education while incarcerated. Then 5 years of probation. And we know he's an illegal immigrant.

Why not tatoo his forehead and send him back to his home land?

The state needs to watch every dollar it spends given the free services, housing, and chow it offers those who do not work.

Use the resources for legal residents. Send the illegals packing.

He was already on probation

He was already on probation for a previous drug crime??? So now my tax dollars have to support him for the next 10 years while he sits in jail, where he will get free medical and schooling. Why isn't the Government deporting this lowlife drug dealer? Seems to me a ride back to Mexico would be cheaper.

thats the least they can do

thats the least they can do atleast he will be free in mexico instead to be stuck in stupid jail hope they read and take your advice