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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Farmville Man Sentenced For Drugs And Firearm Charges

NEW BERN - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court today, United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced JOHNNY TYRONE HOPKINS, 44,of Farmville, North Carolina, to 60 months in prison and 5 years of supervised released for conspiracy to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, 28 grams or more of cocaine base (crack), and a quantity of marijuana, and to 60 months in prison and 5 years of supervised release for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.  The 60 month sentence for the firearm charge will run consecutively to the 60 month sentence for the drug conspiracy producing a total term of 120 months.  HOPKINS previously pled guilty to these charges on October 21, 2014.      

The investigation revealed that between March 2010 and April 2014, HOPKINS conspired with others to distribute approximately 1 kilogram of cocaine, 135 grams of cocaine base (crack), 5 kilograms of marijuana and 52 grams of oxycodone.  The investigation also revealed that HOPKINS sold firearms and possessed numerous firearms in connection with his drug trafficking. 

The investigation of this case was conducted by the Farmville Police Department, the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office, the Greenville Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration.  The federal prosecution was handled by Special Assistant United States Attorney Glenn Perry.  Mr. Perry is a prosecutor with the Pitt County District Attorney’s Office.  Pitt County District Attorney Kimberly Robb has assigned Mr. Perry to the United States Attorney’s Office to prosecute federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force criminal matters.  Mr. Perry’s assignment to the United States Attorney’s Office has been made possible by grants funded by the Governor’s Crime Commission.

Updated July 14, 2015