RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Three people have been indicted after planning to tell a witness subpoenaed to testify in a heroin distribution ring trial that people were watching their child in case they testified in court.
Demetrice Devine, Timothy Devine and Carletta Alston were charged with conspiring to tamper with a witness, witness tampering and aiding and abetting, obstruction of an official proceeding and aiding and abetting, and obstruction of justice and aiding and abetting.
An investigation revealed that the Raleigh Police Department and FBI interviewed and served federal grand jury subpoenas on people believed to have information on illegal gang activities in Raleigh.
After learning the identity of one the witnesses subpoenaed to testify, the three indicted discussed a plan to approach the witness and tell them that people were watching their child as a way to influence the witness’ testimony.
If convicted, the maximum penalties for the witness tampering counts are up 20 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and a term of supervised release of up to five years, following any term of imprisonment.
The maximum penalties for the obstruction of justice count is up to 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and up to three years supervised release following any term of imprisonment.