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Brunswick County Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Gun and Drug Offenses

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

GREENVILLE, N.C. – A Shallotte man was sentenced today to 120 months in prison for dealing crack and using firearms to facilitate his drug dealing.

According to court documents, Antwan Damitri King, 41, was charged with six counts including conspiracy to distribute more than 28 grams of cocaine base (crack), three counts of distribution of cocaine base (crack), one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (crack), and one count of possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.  King pled guilty to the conspiracy, possession with intent to distribute, and firearms count on March 16, 2020.

On November 16, 2018, following several prior controlled purchases from King, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant for King’s residence and recovered crack, marijuana, digital scales, ammunition, and 17 firearms, including an AR-style handgun and rifle, both loaded with high-capacity magazines.

Robert J. Higdon, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after sentencing by Senior U.S. District Judge Malcolm J. Howard. The North Carolina 13th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Bryan Stephany prosecuted the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina implements the PSN Program through its Take Back North Carolina Initiative.  This initiative emphasizes the regional assignment of federal prosecutors to work with law enforcement and District Attorney’s Offices on a sustained basis in those communities to reduce the violent crime rate, drug trafficking, and crimes against law enforcement.

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. 7:19-CR-109-H.


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Updated October 6, 2020

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