It was announced on Jan. 9 that 30 people were arrested on a variety of drug-related charges following a joint investigation by North Carolina state law enforcement agencies, local police and federal agencies in Bladen County. The investigation focused on the town of Bladenboro and its surrounding area.
Federal drug charges can pose a significant problem for alleged offenders in North Carolina since severe penalties could accompany a conviction. There are many types of federal charges that people may face; while serious drug trafficking or distribution charges may have the most severe impact, other people may face federal misdemeanor charges simply because they were arrested in a national park by U.S. park rangers. If you are facing any type of federal drug charges, it's important to understand how working with an attorney can help you to fight back.
North Carolina authorities arrested two men in early January for their alleged roles in a drug trafficking operation. The bust led to the seizure of a significant amount of heroin and cocaine.
A U.S. district court judge recently sentenced three men to several years in federal prison for their roles in a North Carolina drug trafficking ring. The defendants were indicted on drug conspiracy charges in the Eastern District of North Carolina in June.
According to law enforcement authorities in Robeson County, North Carolina, deputies with the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement; Robeson County Sheriff's Office; Lumberton Police Department; U.S. Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms; and Department of Homeland Security raided a property on suspicion of an illegal gambling operation. The raid happened on December 14 and netted multiple arrests.
On Dec. 14, a Clinton man was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for his role in a large-scale narcotics trafficking organization that operated in three states. Additionally, the man will be placed on federal supervision for 10 years upon his release from prison. The organization was one of the 'most significant" drug trafficking groups ever prosecuted in the state, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
On Nov. 27, a North Carolina man pleaded guilty to federal drug charges. The charges stemmed from a drug sting that has led to the conviction of 15 other people.
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.