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Rocky Mount Man Sentenced to 60 Months for Drug Trafficking

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 NATHANIEL CLEVESTER CLARK, 28, of Rocky Mount, North Carolina to 60 months imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release.

CLARK was named in a five-count Indictment filed on September 11, 2018 charging him with distribution of a quantity of cocaine base (crack); distribution of twenty-eight (28) grams or more of cocaine base (crack); distribution of a quantity of cocaine; and possession with intent to distribute and distribution of a quantity of cocaine.  On May 2, 2019, CLARK pled guilty to distribution of twenty-eight (28) grams or more of cocaine base (crack).   

According to the investigation,  CLARK was a part of a drug trafficking organization that distributed cocaine base (crack) and cocaine in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.  Law enforcement utilized a confidential informant and undercover officer to make several controlled buys of numerous ounces of cocaine base (crack) and cocaine from CLARK.  On January 3, 2018, officers attempted to arrest CLARK before he was about to sell four ounces of cocaine.  Upon seeing officers, CLARK ran into a convenience store and placed the drugs on a shelf in the store.  Officers seized the drugs which were examined and determined to be over 110 grams of cocaine.

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 case was conducted by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office, Tarboro Police Department, Nash County Sheriff’s Office, and the Tar River Regional Drug Task Force.  Assistant United States Attorney Dena King represented the government. 

Updated August 7, 2019

Drug Trafficking