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Man sentenced to 35 years for drug trafficking

Posted February 13, 2013

— A Wake County man was sentenced to 35 years in prison after pleading guilty to a drug-trafficking charge, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Wednesday.

Dontez Ruffin, 30, was also ordered to serve five years of supervision probation after his release.

The sentencing in U.S. District Court on Tuesday follows Ruffin’s December 2012 guilty plea to a charge of conspiring to distribute 5 or more kilograms of cocaine, 280 grams of crack cocaine and marijuana, U.S. Attorney Thomas G. Walker said.

An investigation by local and federal authorities determined that Ruffin was a member of a drug-trafficking organization that began operating as early as 2004 in southeast Raleigh.

The group was also responsible for distributing high-grade marijuana. Authorities seized more than 500 pounds of the drug during the investigation.
 

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  • Keep Dreaming Feb 14, 8:57 a.m.

    Clearly All The Same has forgotten about a little plant called tobacco...

    That argument would stand up 20 years ago maybe. But tobacco isn't what it used to be in NC.

  • mgallen2 Feb 13, 7:37 p.m.

    Clearly All The Same has forgotten about a little plant called tobacco...

  • cbrandonwilliamson Feb 13, 6:52 p.m.

    nobody cares about marijuana

  • lwe1967 Feb 13, 6:24 p.m.

    30 years isn't enough for trafficing! He should never get out!

  • Scubagirl Feb 13, 5:59 p.m.

    Actually I think the 35 was more due to the crack & cocaine-at least I would HOPE so.

    And it COULD and SHOULD be our biggest cash crop-just think of all the tax money it would generate. It's past time to stop making pot illegal....way past time.

  • TheDude abides... Feb 13, 5:52 p.m.

    you sell some weed and you get 35, but you shoot a kid in the neck and you get 15?

    figures.

  • Keep Dreaming Feb 13, 5:46 p.m.

    "Until we secure our boarders, have every county participate in the Federal illegal immigration program, these stories will continue to appear and more fequence." Rebelyell55

    Really? And by boarders do you mean borders? As for that making a difference, you obviously have no clue how much marijuana is grown within the borders of North Carolina. We should just go ahead and call it our biggest cash crop.

  • lovely82 Feb 13, 5:37 p.m.

    What does Federal illegal immigration program have to do with drug-trafficking? Are you assuming by his name that he is an illegal immigrant? Maybe I missed a part of the story lol.

  • Rebelyell55 Feb 13, 5:21 p.m.

    Until we secure our boarders, have every county participate in the Federal illegal immigration program, these stories will continue to appear and more fequence.