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Brunswick County Man Sentenced for Heroin Charge

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

NEW BERN, N.C. – A Shallotte man was sentenced today to 70 months in prison for Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin.

According to court documents, Deontray Tremell Bryant, a/k/a “Certified,” 32, pleaded guilty to one count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin on July 5, 2018.

In March 2016, investigators with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received complaints that Deontray Bryant was selling heroin from a residence in Supply, North Carolina.

On March 19, 2016, officers saw a male walk up to Bryant and conduct a hand-to-hand transaction. Officers conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle and found bindles of suspected heroin in the vehicle.

On March 22, 2016, a confidential informant (CI) conducted a controlled purchase of heroin from Bryant.

On March 23, 2016, a search warrant was executed at Bryant’s residence. Agents seized 6.44 grams of cocaine and more than 150 bindles of heroin, each of which contained about .02 grams of heroin.

This prosecution is part of an extensive investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). OCDETF is a joint federal, state, and local cooperative approach to combat drug trafficking and is the nation’s primary tool for disrupting and dismantling major drug trafficking organizations, targeting national and regional level drug trafficking organizations, and coordinating the necessary law enforcement entities and resources to disrupt or dismantle the targeted criminal organization and seize their assets.

This case is part of the United States Attorney’s Office’s 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.  For additional information about this initiative, click here

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 Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) investigated the case, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott A. Lemmon  prosecuted the case.

Related court documents and information are located on the website of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina or on PACER by searching for Case No. 7:17-CR-150-FL-1.

Updated February 18, 2021