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Goldsboro Cocaine Distributer Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison

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

RALEIGH, N.C. – Christopher Montrell Williams, a 33-year-old resident of Goldsboro, has been sentenced to 240 months in federal prison for distributing cocaine in the Goldsboro area. Williams pled guilty on August 31, 2021.

“This sentence demonstrates that we will not tolerate drug trafficking and violence in our community. We are dedicated to protecting our residents and ensuring that those who threaten our safety are held accountable,” said Goldsboro Police Chief Michael West.

According to the court documents and other information presented in court, on March 18, 2018, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office in Goldsboro conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Williams.  A search of the vehicle revealed a handgun, cocaine, marijuana, and a digital scale.  In October of 2018, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) began investigating Williams.  During the investigation, law enforcement conducted a number of controlled purchases of cocaine from Williams using a confidential source.  Thereafter, Williams attempted to purchase a kilogram of cocaine from a second confidential source.  On February 2, 2020, the Goldsboro Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Williams.  Williams fled the vehicle and was apprehended after a short chase by law enforcement.  Officers located a stolen, loaded .45 caliber handgun and approximately 15 grams of “crack” cocaine near the vehicle.  Officers also located a cell phone and approximately $2,800 in Williams’ possession during his arrest.  While in custody and pending sentencing, Williams engaged in a brutal attack on another inmate causing the inmate to lose consciousness, suffer injuries to his head and face, and be transported to the hospital. 

Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, made the announcement after sentencing by Judge James C. Dever III.  The ATF and the Goldsboro Police Department investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer C. Nucci prosecuted the case.

Related court documents and information can be found on the website of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina or on PACER by searching for case number 5:20-cr-0043-D.

Updated June 27, 2024

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