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3 North Carolina men face federal prison for trafficking drugs

According to news sources, three men from Sampson, North Carolina, are facing federal prison for allegedly running a sophisticated drug trafficking organization. The trio was convicted of the charges against them after a seven-day jury trial in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

The men were found guilty of conspiring to distribute cocaine, MDMA, methamphetamine, heroin and crack cocaine. They were also found guilty of distribution of multiple substances and some federal firearms offenses. The leader of the ring reportedly started a trucking company in 2016 that the ring used to launder money from the drug trafficking organization.

Understanding federal carjacking charges and penalties

It is not uncommon for motor vehicles to be stolen in North Carolina. There is a difference, however, between certain types of car theft. Carjacking is an allegation that can result in major penalties if there is a conviction. The circumstances will determine the level of charges. Those who are confronted with charges related to carjacking should be cognizant of when it will be considered a federal offense.

If a motor vehicle is taken from a person who is transporting, shipping or receiving it as commerce between states or internationally, and if it is done by a person who possesses a firearm and takes the vehicle by intimidation, violence or force, it will be considered a federal violation. Penalties for a conviction include a fine, up to 15 years of imprisonment or both.

Man facing federal charges following alleged carjackings

On May 25, it was reported that a North Carolina man was indicted on federal drug and carjacking charges. The man, age 44, is facing up to 55 years in federal prison if he is convicted.

The man was accused of committing multiple carjackings on May 3 at about 4 p.m. after he allegedly caused a car accident in his own vehicle. According to authorities, the man approached a semi-truck that had stopped due to the accident, forcing both the driver and the passenger out of the vehicle and gunpoint. He reportedly tried to drive the vehicle away, but the truck jack-knifed while he was backing up. Authorities claim that he then attempted to carjack a second truck although the driver exited and locked the vehicle before the man was able to get into it. He then allegedly carjacked a third truck and began driving in the northbound lanes of Interstate 95.

Man sentenced in Medicaid fraud case

On May 25, a man was sentenced to a year of house arrest and five years of probation for participating in a Medicaid fraud scheme. He must also pay $393,000 in restitution to the North Carolina Medicaid program.

Between October 2011 and December 2013, the defendant recruited clients for a behavioral health counseling business operated by a former North Carolina State University football player and his wife. In return, he was paid nearly $400,000 in kickbacks. According to federal investigators, the funds came from Medicaid fraud.

Man indicted on child pornography charges facing 20 years

On May 23, it was reported that a North Carolina man was indicted on child pornography charges by a federal grand jury. According to the indictment, the 22-year-old Wilmington man was accused of receiving and possessing multiple files that contained sexual images with minors in them.

It was believed that the man received the images on or around May 4. Ultimately, the man was charged with four counts of receipt of child pornography and a fifth charge for possession of child pornography. A conviction on these charges could amount to a maximum of 20 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised release following the prison term.

Former North Carolina deputy indicted on drug and gun charges

A 33-year-old former deputy at the Gates County Sheriff's Office has been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly stealing guns and drugs. The federal charges against him involve illegally possessing two firearms and possessing various controlled substances for the purposes of distribution.

According to a news release from the regional U.S. Attorney's Office, the man took one firearm from a motorist during a traffic stop and never filed it as evidence with the sheriff's department. Federal investigators also accused him of stealing a weapon from the law enforcement agency along with heroin, fentanyl, morphine, methamphetamine, marijuana and cocaine seized during drug investigations. Convictions for his federal charges could send him to prison for decades. Maximum sentences for the firearms charges are 10 years each, and the drug charges could result in as many as 20 years in prison.

Newly elected mayor gets drunk driving charge

A man who won an election to become the mayor of Sharpsburg, North Carolina, was taken into custody for DUI hours after winning. The man arrived in Nash County Jail at about 11:30 p.m. on May 8 and was released the next morning. He was charged with driving while impaired as well as being in possession of a concealed weapon and possessing it while consuming alcohol.

The new mayor was also charged with multiple counts of resisting or obstructing a police officer's ability to perform his or her duties. There were no details as to how authorities determined that the driver was intoxicated or where police first made contact with him. There were also no details as to what his blood alcohol content was at the time that he was taken into custody.

2 men facing charges after alleged meth lab discovered

On April 27, it was reported that two North Carolina men were taken into custody after they were accused of cooking meth. The men were identified as two 23-year-old Richlands men.

Authorities said that North Carolina Adult Probation members went to a residence on Nine Mile Road to conduct a probation visit. However, it was noticed that there were heavy fumes coming from the home, so the Nine Mile Fire Department was called in to help decontaminate the men. This decontamination process reportedly helps remove harmful and dangerous chemicals from the men's clothing and skin. The fumes were an indication that there was a meth lab inside the residence.

DWI charges for county employee

A North Carolina man who worked as a quality assurance specialist for a county emergency medical service was dismissed from his job after being charged with DWI. The charge is in relation to an incident that happened on the morning of April 21.

According to reports, the man was driving on Mocksville Highway and ran off the road. After overcorrecting, he turned over into a ditch on the other side of the road. Police say that his blood alcohol level was .17 percent. In North Carolina, the legal limit is .08. He was charged with failure to maintain lane and driving while impaired.

General Assembly Approves Revisions to Workers Compensation Penalty Statute

For years Dysart Willis has been at the forefront in representing North Carolina businesses who have received a Penalty Assessment Order from the Industrial Commission for failure to carry workers' compensation insurance.  Generally, NCGS § 97-93 requires that any employer with three of more employees have workers' comp coverage and NCGS § 97-94 allows for a $50 to $100 per day penalty if an employer fails to have such insurance. Additionally, the statute permits potential criminal charges and contempt proceedings. A focused effort by the Industrial Commission to enforce compliance has been in effect since roughly 2013. As discussed on this blog before, beginning in early 2017 the Industrial Commission adopted a punitive approach to these cases which has unnecessarily and unfairly threatened small businesses and business owners.


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