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North Carolina man sentenced on drug trafficking charges

A North Carolina man who was found guilty of trafficking drugs has been sentenced to 15 years and 10 months in a federal prison to be followed by four years of supervised release. The 36-year-old Wilmington resident learned of his fate during a Nov. 16 sentencing hearing held at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. A grand jury issued a 10-count indictment against the man on Feb. 22 for distributing heroin, crack cocaine and powder cocaine in New Hanover County.

The man was taken into custody in May 2017 at a Wilmington motel following an investigation that involved officers from the Wilmington Police Department and agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Reports indicate that almost 700 grams of cocaine, 14,000 heroin bundles and $19,500 in cash were discovered at the scene of the arrest. On the same day, more arrests were made and further significant quantities of illegal drugs and cash were seized at two North Carolina residences.

The drug seizures and arrests came after an investigation that began in early 2017 when undercover officers made several purchases of powder and crack cocaine from the man and individuals who worked with him. The order to take the man into custody was given when a comprehensive surveillance operation had gathered enough evidence to warrant an arrest, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Experienced criminal defense attorneys may seek to settle narcotics cases at the negotiating table when presented with facts like these. While the sentences for federal drug crimes are harsh, a U.S. attorney may be willing to strike a deal to secure a swift resolution and avoid the risks of a jury trial.

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