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Fayetteville Man Sentenced to 16 Years for Drug and Weapons Offenses

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

GREENVILLE, N.C. – A Fayetteville man was sentenced today to 192 months in prison for Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin, Possession of Firearms by a Convicted Felon, and Possession of Firearms in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime.

According to court documents, Sedale Lee Council, 29, committed a series of drug and weapons related offenses in Fayetteville from January 2019 through his federal arrest in June of 2019.  In January of 2019, investigators executed a search warrant at Council’s residence and recovered a firearm that Council used in the armed robbery and kidnapping of a Fayetteville man.  In May of 2019, investigators searched Council’s residence in connection with an investigation into a shooting into an occupied dwelling.  They recovered the handgun that was used in that shooting as well as an additional handgun and trafficking amounts of cocaine and heroin.  Finally, in June of 2019, investigators located approximately one hundred grams of heroin and items used to package drugs for sale in Council’s possession. 

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 Fayetteville Police Department, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and Drug Enforcement Administration investigated the case and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Caroline Webb prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release is located on our website. 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. 5:19-cr-00276-H.


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Updated June 9, 2020

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