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Kill Devil Hills Cocaine Trafficker Sentenced to More Than 10 Years

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

RALEIGH, N.C. – A Kill Devil Hills man was sentenced today to 126 months in prison and five years of supervised release for trafficking cocaine.

On May 21, 2020, Herndon Hunt Outlaw Riddle, III, pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute More than Five Kilograms of Cocaine (Count One).

According to court documents and other information presented in court, investigators with the Hialeah Police Department in Hialeah, Florida, received information from a confidential informant (CI) that Riddle, 40, was seeking to purchase bulk quantities of cocaine.  On May 16, 2019, the CI and an undercover officer (UC) met with Riddle and his co-conspirator Adolphus McLain, Jr., where they agreed to purchase five kilograms of cocaine for $100,000.  Riddle indicated to the CI that he intended to purchase 10 to 15 kilograms of cocaine per month going forward to distribute in the Raleigh and Fayetteville, North Carolina areas.  Shortly after the drug transaction, Riddle and McClain were arrested and detectives seized $46,348.00 in U.S. currency from the defendants.

G. Norman Acker, III, Acting 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 Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations (IRS-CI), the Dare County Sheriff’s Office, the Kitty Hawk Police Department, the Hialeah, FL Police Department, and the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ethan Ontjes 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. 2:19-CR-16-D-1.

Updated August 4, 2021

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