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Man Sentenced for Involvement in Methamphetamine Drug Conspiracy

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

RALEIGH – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that today in federal court, United States District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced BRANDON DUWAYNE WRIGHT, 33, of High Point, North Carolina, to 300 months imprisonment, followed by 5 years of supervised release.

WRIGHT was named in an indictment filed on August 28, 2018 charging him with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute fifty grams or more of methamphetamine; and distribution and possession with intent to distribute fifty grams or more of methamphetamine.  On May 14, 2019, WRIGHT was convicted of both charges after a jury trial. 

According to the investigation, WRIGHT traveled from Atlanta, Georgia to Greenville, North Carolina to deliver five kilograms of crystal methamphetamine hidden inside two large dog food bags and a box of laundry detergent.  WRIGHT met a cooperator in a parking lot of a Walmart in Greenville, North Carolina and provided what WRIGHT described as groceries to the cooperator.  After receiving the dog food bags, law enforcement immediately noticed the packages had previously been opened as they were resealed with clear plastic tape.

The prosecution of WRIGHT was a part of an Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force Operation (OCDETF) targeting drug traffickers in Greenville, North Carolina.  This case is part of the United States Attorney’s Office’s Take Back North Carolina Initiative.  This initiative emphasizes the regional assignment of federal prosecutors to work with law enforcement and District Attorney’s Offices on a sustained basis in those communities to reduce the violent crime rate, drug trafficking, and crimes against law enforcement.

Investigation of this enforcement operation was conducted by the Greenville Regional Drug Task Force consisting of the Greenville Police Department, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Winterville Police Department, East Carolina University Police Department, and North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Dena King represented the government. 

Updated August 29, 2019

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