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

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Southern Shores Man Pleads Guilty to Cocaine Distribution

RALEIGH, N.C. – A Southern Shores, NC man pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to distribute five (5) kilograms of cocaine.

According to court documents, Herndon Hunt Outlaw Riddle, III, 40, conspired with his codefendant Adolphus McClain to distribute five (5) kilograms of cocaine.  McClain previously pled guilty to the charge and is awaiting sentencing.

Riddle pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute five (5) kilograms or more of Cocaine and faces not less than ten years and up to life imprisonment when he is sentenced during the court’s September 8, 2020 term.

Robert J. Higdon, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, made the announcement after U.S. Magistrate Judge James E. Gates accepted the plea. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations (IRS-CI), the United States Marshals Service (USMS), the North Carolina Department of Insurance, the Dare County Sheriff’s Office, the Kitty Hawk Police Department, and the Hialeah, Florida Police Department assisted in this investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Ethan Ontjes is prosecuting the case.

A copy of this press release is located on our website. Related court documents and information are located on the website of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina or on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:19-cr-00016-D-1.

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Updated May 22, 2020