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Georgia Inmate Convicted of Trafficking Methamphetamine

STATESVILLE, NC – A federal jury in Statesville has found Alfonso Roman Brito, 43, guilty of trafficking in methamphetamine, announced Dena J. King, US Attorney for North Carolina’s Western District. US District Judge Kenneth D. Bell presided over the three-day trial, which ended Wednesday.

Robert J. Murphy, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Atlanta Field Division, which oversees the Charlotte District Office, Ronnie Martinez, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in North Carolina and South Carolina, Robert Schurmeier, Director of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI), Sheriff Banks Hinceman of the Burke County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Donald G. Brown II of the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office join US Attorney King’s announcement today.

According to filed court documents, evidence presented at the trial and testimony, in 2019 HSI, the DEA, the Burke County Sheriff’s Office and the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office investigated a Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO) operating in Catawba County, Burke County and surrounding communities. Evidence from the trial revealed that Brito was an inmate with the Georgia Department of Corrections and coordinated shipments of several kilograms of methamphetamine from the Atlanta area to North Carolina’s Western District. According to information provided at the trial, Brito orchestrated the shipment of more than 100 kilograms of methamphetamine from Georgia to North Carolina between 2019 and the fall of 2021.

The federal jury convicted Brito of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute and distribute methamphetamine, which carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment and a $10,000 fine. Brito remains in federal custody. A sentencing date has not been set.

In today’s announcement, Attorney King commended the DEA, HSI, the Burke County Sheriff’s Office and the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office for leading the investigation. US Attorney King also thanked the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, the Newton Police Department, the Hickory Police Department and the Georgia Department of Corrections for their assistance in the investigation.

Assistant US Attorney Christopher Hess of the US Attorney’s Office in Asheville is pursuing the case.

The DEA encourages parents and their children to educate themselves about the dangers of legal and illegal drugs by visiting the DEA’s interactive websites at www.JustThinkTwice.com, www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com, www.CampusDrugPrevention.gov and www.dea. Government . Also, follow DEA Atlanta on Twitter at @DEAATLANTADiv.

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