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One study examines the increase in trade fraud cases

With the tremendous quantity of goods shipped into the U.S. annually, the fact that some illegal shipments take place shouldn't be surprising. What might surprise some residents of North Carolina are the recent steps taken to discover trade fraud and to prosecute wrongdoers.

Though many do not believe trade fraud can affect them, it is a problem that affects all Americans. From knock-off prescription medications to food goods laced with improper hormones, anyone can be a victim.

Man charged with killing co-worker during hike

A man has been charged in the death of a woman he worked with at a popular North Carolina inn near the state's famed Blue Ridge Parkway. Federal authorities say the body of the woman, who worked as a cook at the inn, was discovered several hours after she was reported missing on July 24. The incident occurred at a time when the area is normally bustling with vacationers and outdoor enthusiasts from across the country.

The nature of the defendant's federal criminal defense strategy isn't clear since he has not given a specific reason for his actions. Initially, the 20-year-old inn employee returned from the hike and told his managers his 29-year-old co-worker had simply gone missing. The next day, however, he confessed to the killing to one of the inn's managers. According to court documents, he told investigators that he has no memory of the incident, claiming he blacked out and awakened to find the lifeless woman.

3 charged with selling drugs out of day care center

Three North Carolina residents have been arrested for allegedly running a drug operation from an in-home day care center in Fayetteville. The arrests came as the result of a one-month investigation by police.

Members of the Fayetteville Police Department's Gang Unit executed a search warrant at the home of a 27-year-old man on July 16. He was arrested and charged with multiple crimes, including trafficking cocaine and carrying a concealed weapon. On July 17, officers executed a second search warrant at a home on the 1000 block of Ronald Reagan Drive. The site houses an in-home daycare center, but the raid took place after the center had closed for the day. The search allegedly yielded 100 pounds of marijuana, a half kilogram of cocaine, around an ounce of heroin, 10 guns, more than $70,000 in cash and a 2013 Audi Q7 SUV.

Breathalyzer machines are not infallible

If a driver in North Carolina is believed to be impaired by alcohol, a Breathalyzer test may be conducted. While this test is considered to be highly accurate, it is possible that the result could be incorrect in certain cases. For instance, if a driver had vomited, eaten or smoked just prior to a Breathalyzer test, it could skew the results and make them inadmissible in court.

Furthermore, the person who conducts the BAC test must be certified in how to use the machine. The machine itself must be calibrated and tested at a regular interval, but there is generally no hard rule as to what a regular interval is. It must also be on a conforming list of acceptable machines. To qualify as an accurate test, there must be two readings created that vary by no more than .02 percent.

Can you expunge your North Carolina criminal record?

If you reside in North Carolina and have an existing criminal record, you may find that your past is haunting you and hindering your ability to live life as you would like. Depending on the details of your criminal history, your record can affect your life in numerous ways, impacting everything from where you can live and work to whether you can cast a vote or own a firearm.

While having a criminal record can certainly create new obstacles, you may, depending on certain factors, be able to reduce the damage your criminal record does to your life. More specifically, if you are eligible, you may be able to pursue a record expunction (sometimes called an “expungement”), which essentially destroys your criminal record and gives you the right to attest that a particular crime never occurred.

Man sentenced to 32 years for bank fraud scheme

On July 10, it was reported that a North Carolina man was convicted of being involved in an elaborate bank fraud scheme in which he reportedly pocketed approximately $1.6 million. The 31-year-old Greensboro man was sentenced on July 9 to 32 years in prison and five years of supervised release.

The scheme was tracked back to 2013. Investigators found a variety of items, including more than $85,000 in musical recording equipment and instruments. The agents also reportedly found the key to a storage unit in the man's car, which ultimately led to a storage unit located in Texas that had gold bars and coins that were estimated to be worth more than $300,000. The man also had a Big Sauer .45 pistol in the storage unit. Authorities also seized cellphones, computers and a vehicle.

Rocky Mount man headed to prison after firearms conviction

The recent conviction of a 27-year-old man from Rocky Mount on a firearms charge related to a shooting and pistol-whipping assault arose from the Take Back North Carolina Initiative. This initiative has assigned regional federal prosecutors throughout the state to increase the prosecution of violent crimes. The prosecutors have supported the mission of Project Safe Neighborhoods, which coordinates the efforts of law enforcement agencies in the pursuit of violent criminals.

Authorities believed that the man who was recently convicted after a three-day jury trial belonged to the Bloods gang. He allegedly went by the street name Double R. Following the conviction, a federal judge sentenced him to 17 years in federal prison and three years of subsequent supervised release.

Rapper facing drug charges

Many people in North Carolina are fans of rapper Jim Jones, the co-founder of Dipset and the star of "Love & Hip-Hop: New York". He was arrested on June 20, 2018, and faces gun and drug possession charges after a brief pursuit by police prior to a traffic stop. The 41-year-old performer is accused of receiving stolen property, possession of narcotics, possession of marijuana, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of dangerous drugs to be kept in their original container.

Jones was arrested by Coweta County sheriff's deputies at a traffic stop after they pursued a Mercedes SUV which allegedly drifted into the emergency lane. When the police neared the vehicle, they say that the interior was smoke-filled and that they could smell a scent of marijuana. The SUV driver pulled away, but it was forced to stop after a police car pulled in front of the vehicle. The SUV collided with the car before coming to a stop.

Multiple drug charges aimed at North Carolina man

A 51-year-old man and known member of the Pagan's East Coast motorcycle club remains in jail under a $2 million bond after being charged on June 18. A news release from the Onslow County Sheriff's Office described the raid on the man's home in Midway Park that produced 214.6 grams of crystal methamphetamine, a level two trafficking amount.

Information shared by the Carteret County Sheriff's Office led Onslow County investigators to target the man. In addition to methamphetamine, authorities reported seizing from his home 8.3 grams of hydrocodone, five firearms and $4,253 in cash. A high-capacity shotgun was among the seized firearms. The alleged offender has a previous conviction in another state for cocaine trafficking. As a felon, he could not legally own the firearms allegedly found at his home.

Two men taken into custody on drug charges

Two men who were taken into custody in North Carolina on June 13 allegedly had almost a pound of cocaine in their possession. The men were detained around 2:30 in the afternoon. The 37-year-old man is a resident of North Carolina, and although the 26-year-old man gave a California address, he is actually from Canada according to federal immigration officials.

Because the men allegedly had more than 400 grams of cocaine, they were charged with trafficking. A Class D felony, which involves having 400 grams or more of cocaine, carries a sentence of between 175 and 222 months. They were also charged in association with using the house they were in to store and sell drugs and with conspiracy to traffic. The 37-year-old man was charged with possession of a stolen gun and possession of oxycodone, a misdemeanor.

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