RALEIGH – A Duplin County man was sentenced to 35 years in federal prison for picking up shipments of cocaine mailed to a home in Wallace for distribution in Eastern North Carolina in 2016 and 2017. Some of the shipments were sent through FedEx.
United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that in federal court, United States District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced Faruq Rose, 43, of Wallace to 35 years imprisonment, followed by 5 years of supervised release.
Rose was named in a two-count indictment filed on June 27, 2017, charging him with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine and possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. On Feb. 26, Rose was found guilty of both counts for offenses that concluded on June 27, 2017, according to court records.
The investigation into this case led to Rose being identified as a member of a large-scale drug trafficking organization which utilized overnight shipping companies, such as FedEx, to ship packages containing cocaine from Arizona and California to Eastern North Carolina for distribution.
On Oct. 21, 2016, while conducting drug interdiction at the FedEx hub in Greensboro, Drug Enforcement officers identified two FedEx packages containing 3,996.3 grams of cocaine, which were scheduled to be delivered to an address in Wallace. Authorities subsequently arranged for the controlled delivery of those packages to the Wallace residence by an undercover law enforcement officer. Shortly after packages were delivered, authorities observed Rose arrive at the residence, take possession of the packages and leave in a vehicle he was driving. Moments later, authorities attempted to conduct a traffic stop of the vehicle, but Rose accelerated to a high rate of speed, exited the highway, traveled through a business parking lot and struck an unmarked Duplin County Sheriff’s vehicle head-on. The vehicle was occupied by a DCSO detective. Rose was placed under arrest after the collision.
Immediately following his arrest, Rose informed authorities that he wanted to speak to them regarding his drug trafficking activities. Thereafter, Rose participated in an interview where he confessed to being in possession of cocaine and being involved with a major organization responsible for the distribution of cocaine in the Wallace area. Rose indicated that he sold kilogram quantities of cocaine for the organization.
According to Rose, the leader of the trafficking group, who was based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, purchased kilogram quantities of cocaine from an unknown Mexican drug trafficker in California. The leader would then ship the cocaine from California to Rose for distribution. Rose acknowledged that over the prior several months, he had received approximately 10 kilograms of cocaine from his supplier, and that he subsequently sold another individual the same quantity of cocaine for $38,000 per kilogram. Rose noted that he received $5,000 for every kilogram of cocaine he sold. Rose informed authorities that after receiving payment for the cocaine from his buyer, he would transport the currency in a secret compartment in his vehicle back to his supplier in the Philadelphia area, according to a release from Higdon’s office.
During the interview, Rose informed law enforcement that there were no drugs, weapons or large amounts of currency at his residence and consented to a search of his property. A search of Rose’s vehicle revealed the hidden compartment which Rose had described. While searching Rose’s residence, authorities located a large duffle bag containing 2 pounds of marijuana, three digital scales, a vacuum sealer, four boxes of plastic bags and a FedEx receipt. Rose acknowledged that he had paid $2,000 per pound for the marijuana. Prosecutors say Rose further noted that the FedEx receipt was from the shipment of marijuana.
Based on the investigation, Rose is accountable for the possession of 13.9963 kilograms of cocaine and 2 pounds of marijuana, the release stated. While attempting to flee from law enforcement, Rose recklessly created a substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury to another person by traveling at a high rate of speed both on marked roads and through a business parking lot, according to police.
Additionally, Rose crashed into one of the unmarked police vehicles head-on, creating a substantial risk of serious bodily injury to the law enforcement officer, according to the release. Further, Rose attempted to obstruct justice through both written and telephonic communication wherein he tried to convince a witness to change his/her testimony for his trial.
This prosecution is part of an extensive investigation by the United States Attorney’s Office’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. The task force is a joint federal, state and local cooperative approach to combat drug trafficking and is the nation’s primary tool for disrupting and dismantling major drug trafficking organizations, targeting national and regional level drug trafficking organizations, and coordinating the necessary law enforcement entities and resources to disrupt or dismantle the targeted criminal organization and seize their assets.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office and the Pender County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Brad Knott represented the United States in this case.