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Harnett County Drug Dealer Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

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

RALEIGH, N.C. – A Harnett County man was sentenced to 180 months in prison for dealing methamphetamine.  On October 6, 2022, Christopher Wayne McNeill pled guilty to the charges.

According to court documents and other information presented in court, a multi-agency investigation identified that Christopher Wayne McNeill, 49, was trafficking kilograms of methamphetamine in Harnett County. Law enforcement made four controlled purchases of methamphetamine involving McNeill. Through their investigation, law enforcement determined McNeill was supplying other distributors with methamphetamine.

McNeill pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute more than fifty grams of methamphetamine and distributing more than five grams of methamphetamine. He has previous felony convictions for assault with a deadly weapon (1994) and breaking and entering (2014) as well as a felony drug conviction (2021).

Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III. The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, Coats Police Department, Dunn Police Department, Harnett County Sherriff’s Department, and the State Bureau of Investigation investigated the case and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Casey L. Peaden 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 No. 5:22-CR-174-1D.


Updated February 23, 2023

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