For Immediate Release
Fayetteville Man Sentenced to Fifteen Years for Drug and Gun Offenses
RALEIGH – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that in federal court, United States District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced MARQUIS BERNARD MALLOY, 29, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, to 180 months’ imprisonment, followed by a 3 year term of supervised released.
On July 11, 2018, MALLOY was named in a three-count Indictment in which he was charged with: Possession with Intent to Distribute a Quantity of Heroin and a Quantity of Cocaine, Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. On February 5, 2019, MALLOY pled guilty to all three Counts.
On March 28, 2018, Cumberland County Probation Officers conducted a search of MALLOY’S residence in Fayetteville, NC, due to prior failed drug screenings and new criminal conduct. During the search, officers found a Beretta 9mm pistol, a box of 9mm ammunition, 3 grams of cocaine, 2 grams of heroin, drug paraphernalia (including a cutting agent, digital scale, and packaging material), and approximately $1,200 in cash. The firearm and cocaine were in close proximity to each other.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Since 2017 the United States Department of Justice has reinvigorated the PSN program and has targeted violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.
That effort has been implemented through the Take Back North Carolina Initiative of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina. This initiative emphasizes the regional assignment of federal prosecutors to work with law enforcement and District Attorney’s Offices in those communities on a sustained basis to reduce the violent crime rate, drug trafficking, and crimes against law enforcement. For more information about this initiative click here: https://www.justice.gov/usao-ednc/tbnc.
The Cumberland County Probation Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) conducted the investigation in this matter. Assistant United States Attorney and Bryan M. Stephany prosecuted the case for the government.