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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Elizabeth City Drug Dealer Sentenced In Federal Court

RALEIGH – United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court, United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced Lamont Nicholas Riddick , 37, of Elizabeth City, NC to 150 months’ imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release.  RIDDICK was also ordered to pay $1,900 in restitution to the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office.

Riddick was named in a Criminal Indictment filed on April 8, 2014 charging him with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams of cocaine and 28 grams of cocaine base (crack) from September, 2012, until May 2, 2013; and four counts of distribution of cocaine base (crack) on separate occasions from February through May of 2013.  On August 11, 2014, Riddick pled guilty to the conspiracy charge alleged in Count One. 

According to the investigation, officers with the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office and Elizabeth City Police Department utilized a confidential informant to make controlled purchases of over 34 grams of cocaine base (crack) from RIDDICK during a time period spanning from February to May of 2013.  Investigation revealed that upon being released from prison on July 16, 2012, after serving approximately 10 years as a habitual felon for Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, and Deliver a Schedule I Controlled Substance, RIDDICK began distributing cocaine and cocaine base (crack) around the Elizabeth City area in September, 2012.  RIDDICK was involved in the distribution of approximately 34.93 grams of cocaine base (crack) and over 2.1 kilograms of cocaine during the time period of the conspiracy.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Elizabeth City Police Department and Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office.  Special Assistant United States Attorney Augustus Willis represented the government.  Mr. Willis is a prosecutor with the District 3-B District Attorney’s Office encompassing Carteret, Craven and Pamlico Counties.  District Attorney Scott Thomas has assigned him to the United States Attorney’s Office to prosecute federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force criminal matters.  Mr. Wills’ position is funded through a grant provided by the Governor’s Crime Commission.

Updated July 14, 2015