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Armed Drug Trafficker that Fled from Law Enforcement Sentenced to Over 10 Years in Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of North Carolina

WILMINGTON, N.C. – Luis Oceguera, 21, of Sampson County, was sentenced to 140 months in prison. The sentence followed a multi-agency drug investigation that spanned multiple North Carolina counties.

According to information presented in court, Oceguera was an integral part of a drug trafficking organization that distributed kilograms of drugs in Eastern North Carolina. Oceguera regularly received, transported, and distributed fentanyl, methamphetamine, and marijuana. During the investigation, Oceguera was stopped by law enforcement three separate times while armed with handguns and rifles. One of the handguns seized was an unregistered “ghost gun” that Oceguera admitted to building himself.

On another occasion, Oceguera fled from law enforcement in a vehicle, reaching speeds over 120 mile per hour. During the chase, Oceguera threw a package containing over two kilograms of pure methamphetamine out of the window on the side of the road. Law enforcement searched the flight path and were able to recover the methamphetamine package.

Ultimately, Oceguera was arrested and the house he was staying at was searched pursuant to a search warrant. During the search, law enforcement seized drug trafficking materials, ammunition, loaded magazines, and another firearm.

Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after sentencing by Chief U.S. District Judge Richard E. Myers II. The DEA, ATF, United States Postal Service, United States Marshals Service, NC National Guard, NC State Bureau of Investigation, Sampson County Sheriff’s Office, Harnett County Sheriff’s Office, Johnston County Sheriff’s Office, and Dunn Police Department investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Tyler Lemons  prosecuted the case.

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. 7:22-CR-86-M-5.

Updated August 23, 2023