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Wilson man convicted on federal cocaine charges

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A federal jury found a Wilson man guilty in connection to a 2016 incident where police found more than 2 pounds of cocaine.

On Wednesday, 34-year-old Bondurant Akeem Ruffin was found guilty of possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine and 28 grams or more of crack cocaine, according to the office of Robert Higdon Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

The jury handed down its verdict following a three-day trial in a New Bern federal courtroom.

Ruffin will be sentenced at a later date.

THE CASE

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

Officers spotted a bag underneath the handicap ramp where Ruffin was standing, federal officials said. That bag contained 879 grams of powder cocaine and 74 grams 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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