After sealing case, Sheriff hopes dealers face federal prosecution


As New Hanover County District Attorney Ben David stated, "A murderer takes a life, a drug dealer can destroy an entire community." The District Attorney along with area law enforcement agencies finally sealed a case they've been investigating for two years, which resulted in the seizure of more than 300 kilograms of cocaine, and a kilo of heroin. That's just a drop in the bucket when you consider all of the drugs seized in New Hanover in the past couple years. Sheriff Sid Causey said prosecuting these dealers within our county, isn't enough. "One common thing that criminals are afraid of, is federal prosecution." In federal court, drug traffickers are behind bars from the day they are arrested, until they appear in court, and aren't eligible for parole. Tim Severo, New Hanover County District Attorney, stated, "For those people who continue to traffic in narcotics, and those associated with violent gangs, they will come to know this program, and will come to know the terrible swift sword with the federal prosecutions." State funding allows Severo to follow these cases out of state. The DA and US Attorney George Holding said some of the biggest drug busts in the county's history happened thanks to this money. “It is a success story, and people are amazed at the success. Take the worst of our worst, and put them in the federal system, and not only that but take the information gleaned from those local arrests, and their pleas and help solve other crimes." Local agencies like the Sheriff's Department, District Attorney's Office, and WPD will ask the City Council, as well as the County Commissioners, to review the program and grant them the money again.