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Man sentenced to 10 years in prison for dealing cocaine

In late November, a 52-year-old man was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for distributing cocaine in North Carolina. The sentence is to be followed by eight years of supervised parole. According to media reports, law enforcement officers from the Nash County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration investigated the defendant, a resident of Nashville, from 2009 until 2015. During that time, he was reportedly distributing cocaine and crack cocaine throughout Nash County and Edgecombe County.

In 2015, undercover agents made a series of cocaine purchases from him and also witnessed a separate drug transaction at his home. Based on these events, agents executed a search warrant at the property and discovered a large quantity of cocaine, firearms, ammunition and $43,000 in cash.

In April, the defendant was charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine. He was additionally charged with possession with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine and a quantity of crack cocaine. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine in June. He was sentenced in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Federal drug charges are very serious and frequently lead to harsh consequences, including lengthy prison sentences, steep fines and the forfeiture of personal property. However, a criminal defense lawyer could represent a defendant in court and work to obtain a better outcome. For example, the lawyer may discover that law enforcement officers violated the defendant's rights during search and seizure. This could invalidate the evidence and cause the case to be thrown out of court. The lawyer could also attempt to negotiate a plea bargain that lowers the charges.

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