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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Greenville Man Sentenced For Selling Crack And Heroin

RALEIGH - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court today, United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced GREGORY STARKIE, 34,of Greenville, North Carolina, to 96 months in prison and 3 years of supervised released for distribution of crack cocaine and aiding and abetting the distribution of heroin.  STARKIE previously pled guilty to these charges on May 15, 2014.   

Between July 26, 2012, and September 8, 2012, the Greenville Police Department used an informant to buy crack cocaine from STARKIE on four occasions.  On May 8, 2013, another informant, working at the direction of the Greenville Police Department and the Burearu of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, met with STARKIE to purchase heroin.  STARKIE introduced the informant to his uncle, James Edward Starkie (previously convicted), who sold heroin to the informant.

STARKIE received an enhanced punishment as a career offender based on his prior state convictions for common law robbery, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, and selling cocaine. 

The investigation of this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Greenville Police Department. 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