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Plymouth Crack Dealer and Armed Robber Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison

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

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. – Cortha Matthew McNair, 44, of Plymouth was sentenced today to 132 months in prison for dealing crack cocaine and robbing a gas station in 2020.  McNair pled guilty to distribution of cocaine base (crack) and interference with commerce by robbery on April 13, 2022.

According to court documents and other information presented in court, McNair sold crack cocaine to a confidential informant on four occasions between June 19 and July 22, 2020, in Plymouth. On July 23, 2020, state and local law enforcement agents executed a search warrant at McNair’s residence, where they recovered an additional 25 grams of crack cocaine, digital scales, and packaging materials.

On November 1, 2020, the Greenville Police Department responded to an armed robbery at the Oasis gas station, located at 2130 SE Greenville, Blvd. in Greenville. During the robbery McNair displayed a handgun and demanded money from the register and the back office. Surveillance footage from inside the store captured the robbery. McNair then fled the scene in a Honda sedan with a noticeable dent on the rear passenger door. Upon reviewing footage from the Greenville city street cameras, law enforcement tracked the vehicle to a nearby apartment complex. After observing McNair operating the Honda sedan, Greenville Police stopped the car and detained McNair. Officers searched the vehicle and recovered clothing that matched the suspect’s clothing from the robbery, a black face mask, and a loaded .9mm pistol.

Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Terrence W. Boyle. the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the North Carolina Bureau of Alcohol Law Enforcement, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the Plymouth Police Department, and Greenville Police Department investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Aakash Singh  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. 4:21-CR-27-BO.


Updated July 20, 2022

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