Wilmington Felon with Six Prior Convictions Receives Seven Year Sentence for Illegal Firearm Possession
RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that, ANDREW HARGETT, JR. 46, of Raleigh, NC, was convicted in federal court following a two day jury trial before Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever III. The jury found HARGETT guilty of possession with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, possession with the intent to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and felon in possession of a firearm.
The evidence presented at trial established that HARGETT regularly traveled to Atlanta, Georgia to obtain kilogram amounts of cocaine and transported them back to Raleigh, North Carolina for distribution. The investigation resulted in the seizure of over 2 ½ kilograms of cocaine, crack cocaine, $142,000.00 and a firearm.
At sentencing set for the November 26, 2018 term of court, HARGETT faces not less than 15 years imprisonment and up to life imprisonment followed by 5 years of supervised release and up to an 8 million dollar fine.
The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF), Nash County Sheriff’s Office, Wilson Police Department, Raleigh Police Department, and the Rocky Mount Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney James Kurosad prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States