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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Armed Drug Dealer Receives 80 Months in Federal Prison

NEW BERN, N.C. – A Wilmington man, Tysuan Nash, 31 was sentenced today to 80 months in prison for possession with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine and a quantity of heroin and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. 

According to court documents and information provided in court, on September 15, 2017, Nash was stopped by a New Hanover County Sheriff’s deputy for a traffic violation.  Nash had an outstanding order for arrest.  During a search of the car, law enforcement found a quantity of crack cocaine, $2,565 and a loaded .38 caliber handgun.  Nash was arrested and was released.  On November 7, 2017, New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office narcotics detectives made a controlled purchase of heroin and crack from Nash.  Nash was subsequently arrested during a traffic stop.  Detectives found a .380 caliber handgun, 2 clips of heroin, almost three ounces of crack and $536 which included buy money from the earlier controlled purchase.  Detectives learned that Nash had been receiving 9 ounces of cocaine at a time that he was cooking into crack cocaine.

Robert J. Higdon, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Louise W. Flanagan.  The F.B.I. Safe Streets Task Force, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office    Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Severo  prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release is located on our website. Related court documents and information can be found on the website of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina or on PACER by searching for Case No. 7:18-cr-00059-FL.

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated August 18, 2020