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Halifax County Man Sentenced For Cocaine And Marijuana Conspiracy

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

GREENVILLE – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina announced that in federal court today, Senior United States District Judge Malcolm J. Howard, sentenced STERLING DELAND MOODY, 47, of Weldon, North Carolina, to 72 months in prison and 5 years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine and 50 kilograms or more of marijuana.  MOODY previously pled guilty to this charge on August 10, 2015.  

On September 10, 2014, DEA arrested MOODY near Weldon, N.C., after MOODY met with an informant to purchase two kilograms of cocaine for $36,000 per kilogram.  MOODY told the informant that he had enough money nearby to purchase two additional kilograms of cocaine.  Upon MOODY’S arrest, investigators seized $68,000 from MOODY’S vehicle.  Investigators also seized $71,867 and two handguns from MOODY’S residence.  The investigation, revealed that MOODY was responsible for distributing 158 kilograms of cocaine and 90 kilograms of marijuana.

The investigation of this case was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office.  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 June 15, 2016