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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of North Carolina

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Teacher’s Assistant Sentenced On Drug Trafficking Charges

RALEIGH - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court yesterday, United States District Judge Terrence Boyle sentenced WINSTON ANTONIO EVANS, 29, of Smithfield, North Carolina, to 123 months imprisonment followed by 6 years supervised release. 

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on August 29, 2012, charging EVANS with three counts of Distribution of Heroin, one count of Distribution of Heroin Within 1,000 Feet of a School, and Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime.  On January 3, 2013, EVANS pleaded guilty to the following counts: Distribution of Heroin Within 1,000 Feet of a School, and Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime.

According to the evidence presented in Court, EVANS engaged in a series of controlled buys from a confidential informant from February 22, 2012, up to and including March 15, 2012.  During these controlled buys, EVANS sold quantities of heroin to the confidential informant.  One of the controlled buys took place on the school grounds of Smithfield-Selma High School where EVANS was a teacher’s assistant.  In addition, during one of the controlled buys, EVANS also sold a firearm to the informant.  Finally, the investigation revealed that EVANS was receiving shipped parcels containing heroin from other co-conspirators for distribution.  All told, EVANS was held responsible for trafficking in over 500 grams of heroin.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as well as the Johnston County Sheriff=s Office.  Assistant United States Attorney, Rudy E. Renfer, represented the United States in this matter.

Updated July 14, 2015