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Violent Drug Dealer and Gang Member Sentenced to More Than 16 Years in Prison

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

NEW BERN, N.C. – A Dunn man was sentenced today to 199 months in prison for trafficking heroin and fentanyl.  Oshea Massey, 25, pled guilty to the charges. Massey has been a validated member of the United Blood Nation street gang.

According to court documents and other information presented in court, Massey was a leader of a violent United Nation Blood street gang responsible for at least 10 shootings from 2019 to 2021. These shootings were typically related to territorial disputes, attempted armed robberies, or intimidation and retaliation. Law enforcement made seven controlled purchases of heroin and fentanyl from Massey between January and March of 2021. These purchases were made after Massey was identified as having sold another defendant varying amounts of heroin over a two-year period. During the investigation, others also identified Massey as a heroin dealer. Much of the heroin that was distributed by Massey also tested positive for fentanyl.

A traffic stop was conducted on a vehicle occupied by Massey to serve an arrest warrant for state charges in May 2021. A search of the vehicle found marijuana, cash, a receipt with an off-white powdery substance and a handgun near Massey’s leg. A subsequent search of Massey’s residence found 3.1 grams of heroin.

“It is through partnerships with surrounding local and federal agencies such as ATF and the U.S. Attorney’s Office that we can identify and convict violent, drug dealing gang leaders who are attempting to destroy our communities and youth,” said Harnett County Sheriff Wayne Coats. “Oshea Massey was a violent criminal in Harnett County who will now spend many years in prison.”

"This is another great example of ATF agents partnering with the Sheriff to ensure safer communities within Johnston County," said Sheriff Steve Bizzell.  "We value the working relationship we have with the ATF and the U.S. Attorney’s office and will continue to aggressively pursue and remove drug dealers and felons that are in possession of firearms from our neighborhoods."

Massey pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin and 40 grams or more of fentanyl and distribution of a quantity of fentanyl. Massey was previously convicted on felony burglary (2013) and felony larceny (2015) charges. In 2016, he was convicted of possession of firearm by a felon. Massey also faces state charges for drug trafficking for offenses that allegedly occurred in 2018 and 2019.

Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Louise W. Flanagan. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Dunn Police Department and the Johnston and Harnett County Sheriffs’ Offices investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Tyler Lemons  prosecuted 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-00240-FL.


Updated October 2, 2023

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