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Plymouth Man Sentenced for Drug Distribution

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

RALEIGH – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that United States District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced NORMAN LYDELL FORD, 45, of Plymouth, North Carolina, to 120 months imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release.

FORD was named in an Indictment filed on October 3, 2018, charging him with conspiracy to distribute cocaine base (crack) and six counts of distribution of cocaine base (crack).  On January 24, 2019, FORD pled guilty to conspiracy and one count of distribution. 

According to the investigation, FORD distributed cocaine base (crack) seven times between December 2015 and April 2018. FORD had multiple previous drug distribution convictions.  

This case was implemented through the Take Back North Carolina Initiative of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina.  This initiative emphasizes the regional assignment of federal prosecutors to work with law enforcement and District Attorney’s Offices in those communities on a sustained basis to reduce the violent crime rate, drug trafficking, and crimes against law enforcement.

Investigation of this case was conducted by North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement. Assistant United States Attorney Lucy Brown represented the government.

Updated May 16, 2019

Drug Trafficking