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Cocaine convict sent to federal prison

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A Wilson man will spend several years in federal prison in connection to a 2016 incident where police found more than 2 pounds of cocaine.

U.S. District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced 34-year-old Bondurant Akeem Ruffin to roughly 5 ½ years in prison followed by four years of supervised release.

After a three-day trial in August, Ruffin was found guilty of possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine and 28 grams or more of crack, according to the office of Robert Higdon Jr., U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Ruffin was sentenced on Friday.

THE CASE

On Nov. 24, 2016, the Wilson Police Department began investigating a motor vehicle break-in, according to prosecutors. Police used a K-9 to track the break-in suspect, which led them to Ruffin, who was standing near a handicapped-accessible ramp at a home, according to the evidence presented at trial.

Officers spotted a bag underneath the ramp where Ruffin was standing, federal officials said. That bag contained 879 grams (1.94 pounds) of powder cocaine and 74 grams (2.6 ounces) of crack. The bag also contained a digital scale, spoon and packaging material, prosecutors said.

Ruffin also had $2,000 in cash at the time of his arrest. In February 2007, Ruffin was convicted in Wilson County for possession of a Schedule II controlled substance. He received a suspended sentence and was placed on probation, according to state records.

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