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Major Carteret County Methamphetamine Dealer Sentenced to More than 16 Years in Prison

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

WILMINGTON, N.C. – Lee Trevor Kirwan, 38, of Carteret County, was sentenced to 200 months in prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and fentanyl and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.  On February 21, 2023, Kirwan pled guilty to the charges.

According to court documents and information presented in court, on January 30, 2022, investigators with the Craven County Sheriff’s Office and the New Bern Police Department encountered the defendant during a traffic stop in Craven County. After a narcotics dog alerted to Kirwan’s backpack, a search located approximately one pound of crystal methamphetamine, approximately 1.5 ounces of fentanyl and fentanyl analogue, and a .38 caliber Smith and Wesson revolver. During questioning, Kirwan admitted to supplying at least 20 individuals in Carteret County with crystal methamphetamine for further distribution.

Kirwan previously sustained a felony conviction in Virginia for larceny and possession of burglary tools.

Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, made the announcement. The Craven County Sheriff’s Office, the New Bern Police Department, and Homeland Security Investigations investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Katherine S. Englander 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 number 4:22-CR-00063-M-BM.

Updated August 25, 2023

Drug Trafficking