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Kelvin Broadwater Of Wilmington Sentenced For Heroin Distribution And Firearms Violation

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

RALEIGH – United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that today in federal court, United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced, KELVIN BROADWATER, 44, of Wilmington, to 180 months of imprisonment followed by 3 years of supervised release. 

BROADWATERwas named in an Indictment filed on August 27, 2014. On February 12, 2015, the Defendant pled guilty to Distribution of a Quantity of Heroin and Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition.  According to the investigation and information presented in open court during the arraignment and sentencing, on March 21, 2014, officers with the Wilmington Police Department executed a search warrant at BROADWATER’S residence.  When BROADWATER and a female pulled up to the apartment, vice detectives approached him and asked him to get out of his car.  Rather than complying, BROADWATER locked himself in his car and attempted to ingest heroin.  Detectives broke out the rear window and gained entry into the car.  BROADWATER was taken into custody and 3 bindles of heroin fell off his person.  Also during the execution of the search warrant, officers found a .32 caliber revolver in a dresser of BROADWATER’s bedroom.  In a separate dresser drawer officers found a box of .32 caliber ammunition.  The execution of the search warrant came after the Wilmington Police Department conducted two controlled purchases of heroin from BROADWATER.

BROADWATER admitted that he had been selling drugs and admitted buying the gun for $100.00 from a neighbor.  Due to BROADWATERS’S extensive criminal history, he was designated as an Armed Career Criminal.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Wilmington Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  Special Assistant United States Attorney Charity Wilson prosecuted the case.  Ms. Wilson is a prosecutor with the District 5 District Attorney’s Office encompassing New Hanover and Pender Counties.  District Attorney Ben David has assigned her to the United States Attorney’s Office to prosecute violent crime, firearm related cases, and narcotic crimes.

Updated July 14, 2015