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Whiteville Drug Dealer Sentenced to over 9 Years Imprisonment

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

WILMINGTON, N.C. – A Whiteville man was sentenced today to 117 months in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine case (crack) and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

According to court documents and information presented at the sentencing hearing, on July 3, 2019, detectives with the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) executed a search warrant at the residence of Jamal Devon Bryant. Bryant was found in an abandoned, dilapidated house behind the main residence. A search of this structure and Bryant’s bedroom in the main residence, uncovered the following items: two .223 caliber semi-automatic rifles, a .40 caliber pistol, digital scales, $4,046 in U.S. currency, 8.4 grams of cocaine base and 4.5 grams of methamphetamine. Bryan was taken into custody and transported to the CCSO where he provided a brief unprotected statement admitting to selling cocaine base and ownership of the aforementioned firearms.

Bryant is responsible for the possession and/or distribution of 58.97 grams of cocaine base and 4.5 grams of methamphetamine. In addition, Bryant is also accountable for the possession of three firearms and maintaining a dwelling for the distribution of controlled substances.

Robert J. Higdon, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after sentencing by Chief U.S. District Judge Richard E. Myers II.

 The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Drug Enforcement Administration investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel W. Smith  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. 5:20-CR-00195-BO.


Updated February 10, 2021

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