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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of North Carolina

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Rocky Mount Man Sentenced for Heroin Distribution

GREENVILLE – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that today in federal court, Senior United States District Judge Malcolm J. Howard sentenced ANTHONY DEFORREST TYREE, 35, of Rocky Mount, North Carolina to 24 months imprisonment, followed by 6 years of supervised release.

TYREE was named in a five-count Indictment filed on May 8, 2018 charging him with distribution of a quantity of heroin, and aiding and abetting; three counts of distribution of a quantity of heroin; and possession with intent to distribute a quantity of heroin.  On January 7, 2019, TYREE pled guilty to the distribution of a quantity of heroin.   

According to the investigation, the Nash County Sheriff’s Office utilized a confidential informant to make several buys of heroin from TYREE in Rocky Mount.  On March 28, 2018, TYREE possessed 28 individual bags of a mixture of heroin and fentanyl. 

At the time of the offense, TYREE was on supervised release resulting from a 2017 federal conviction for conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute a quantity of heroin.  After TYREE admitted to the criminal activity, his term of supervised release was revoked and he was sentenced to an additional 12 months’ imprisonment to be served at the conclusion of his sentence for distribution of heroin.

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 Nash County Sheriff’s Office, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, and United States Probation Office.  Assistant United States Attorney Dena King represented the government. 

Topic(s): 
Opioids
Updated April 9, 2019