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Eastern District of North Carolina

Friday, July 19, 2013

Clayton Drug Dealer Sentenced To 30 Years Imprisonment

RALEIGH - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court today, United States District Judge Terrence Boyle sentenced CALVIN DWIGHT MITCHELL, 27, of Clayton, North Carolina, to 360 months imprisonment followed by 10 years supervised release. 

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on August 8, 2012, charging MITCHELL with one count of Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with the Intent to Distribute 280 Grams or More of Cocaine Base (Crack) and Quantity of Cocaine, in violation of Title 21 U.S.C. §846, and one count of Distribution of Cocaine, 1 count of Aiding and Abetting Distribution of Cocaine, in violation of Title 21 U.S.C. §841.  On May 24, 2013, after a 2 day trial, a jury convicted MITCHELL of the drug conspiracy and distribution counts.

The evidence in the case demonstrated that from at least March 2001, up to and including May 24, 2012, MITCHELL was involved in a drug conspiracy with several other individuals in the Smithfield area in a loose conspiracy to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine.  Specifically, MITCHELL made statements immediately after his arrest and identified his sources of supply in the Smithfield area. All told, as part of the conspiracy, MITCHELL was held accountable for over 152 kilograms of crack cocaine.  The evidence further showed that during the period of the drug conspiracy, MITCHELL sold crack cocaine to several informants, was convicted approximately nine times for selling cocaine, and sold approximately 27 grams of powder cocaine to an informant on May 24, 2012.  Finally, during the trial, evidence was introduced showing that MITCHELL was involved in threats made to a confidential informant in July 2012.   

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

Updated July 14, 2015