Man sentenced in high volume drug trafficking case

From staff reportsFebruary 13, 2013 

— A Raleigh man was sentenced in federal court Wednesday after pleading guilty to drug trafficking charges Dec.1.

Dontez Ruffin, 30, was sentenced to 420 months imprisonment followed by 5 years of supervised release. He pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to distribute and possessing with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine, 280 grams or more of crack cocaine and a quantity of marijuana.

Ruffin was caught as a part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, Operation Damu Demolition.

The investigation, involving several area police departments, found that Ruffin was a part of a drug trafficking organization that had been operating in Southeast Raleigh as early as 2004 and was responsible for multiple kilograms of cocaine being cooked into crack cocaine and distributed into local communities.

According to investigators’ reports, Ruffin and co-conspirators were also responsible for the bulk distribution of high grade marijuana, more than 500 pounds of which were seized as part of the investigation.

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