Five postal workers have been charged with stealing mail and selling drugs according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina. The five men, who all worked at the United States Postal Service's Processing and Distribution Center Annex in Fayetteville according to reports, each face up to 10 years in a federal prison if convicted on all the charges they are facing.
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.
A 41-year-old North Carolina woman who pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine in July is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 3, according to federal court documents. The woman and her husband were taken into custody on Jan. 11 when police discovered 10 ounces of methamphetamine after pulling their vehicle over in Caldwell County. Records indicate that the woman was employed by the Friends for Animals Humane Society of Burke County at the time of her arrest. She has since been terminated by the nonprofit organization.
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.
A 29-year-old man from Wilson received a sentence of 37 months in prison and a subsequent 6 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to distributing cocaine base. He was already under the supervision of the probation office for the federal court in the Eastern District of North Carolina on a previous cocaine charge when a drug task force arrested him on Sept. 8, 2017.
A North Carolina woman was recently sentenced to 10 years in prison for her role in a drug trafficking ring. The investigation into the ring was coined Operation Rolling Thunder by authorities.
A joint operation involving several law enforcement agencies has led to the arrests of 76 people in North Carolina. The undercover effort was led by the Opioid Reduction Task Force, a division of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Other agencies involved include the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Cherokee Indian Police Department along with state and local law enforcement. The joint operation has resulted in the seizures of over 18 pounds of methamphetamine, more than 3.8 pounds of Fentanyl and heroin, more than 100 kilograms of cannabis and more than 270 Oxycodone and Fentanyl tablets.
According to authorities, 16 people have been issued federal drug conspiracy charges in connection with a drug trafficking ring in western North Carolina. The charges were listed in a federal criminal indictment which was filed on Aug. 23 and unsealed on Sept. 13.
On Sept. 6, a federal judge in North Carolina sentenced a woman to 42 months in prison for selling illegal drugs. After she leaves prison, she will serve five years of supervised release.
A 53-year-old North Carolina man was sentenced to a prison term of almost six years on Aug. 29 for possessing 28 grams of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office. The sentence was handed down in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina in Raleigh. Reports indicate that the man will serve five years of supervised release after completing his 71-month custodial sentence.