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Rocky Mount Man Faces 10 Years in Prison after Pleading Guilty to Drug and Firearm Charges

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

NEW BERN, N.C. – Kelvin Earl Pittman, 46, pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and firearm charges. For these charges, Pittman faces a mandatory sentence of ten (10) years’ imprisonment. Pittman is from Rocky Mount, North Carolina.

According to information presented in court and court documents, Pittman conspired with others to sell guns and cocaine base (crack) illegally in Rocky Mount between August 2020 and January 2021. The Nash County Sheriff’s Office’s investigation captured Pittman on video conducting multiple drug and firearm sales from his residence. Pittman held himself out as a dealer of firearms and provided discounts to buyers if they purchased drugs and firearms together. In total, the Sheriff’s Office seized over an ounce of cocaine base (crack) and four (4) firearms from Pittman. Pittman was a convicted felon at the time and was prohibited from possessing firearms.

Pittman pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with the Intent to Distribute 28 Grams or More of Cocaine Base (Crack), Distribution of a Quantity of Cocaine Base (Crack), Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime, and Possession of Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

The conviction is a result of the ongoing Violent Crime Action Plan (VCAP) initiative which is collaborative effort with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, working with the community, to identify and address the most significant drivers of violent crime. Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert B. Jones, Jr. accepted the plea. The Nash County Sheriff’s Office, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Aakash Singh is prosecuting 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. 5:21-CR-71-FL.


Updated October 6, 2022

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