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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 28, 2020

Wilmington Gang Member Receives More Than 9 Years in Federal Prison

NEW BERN, N.C. – Terrance Fisher, 29, of Wilmington, was sentenced yesterday to 112 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute a quantity of heroin, distribution of a quantity of heroin and possession with intent to distribute a quantity of heroin.

According to court documents, on February 19, 2019, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Safe Street Task Force and the Wilmington Police Department’s Narcotics and Gang Units conducted a controlled purchase of heroin from Fisher in the area of Market Street in Wilmington.  On February 20, the FBI Task Force and Wilmington Police Detectives conducted a search of a room at the Suburban Extended Stay in Wilmington associated with Fisher.  Law Enforcement found a quantity of heroin in the room. Fisher was not present at the time of the search, as he was visiting his North Carolina State Probation Officer.  According to law enforcement, Fisher was a gang member in Wilmington and was part of a drug trafficking organization responsible for the importation and distribution of large amounts of heroin into Wilmington.

The investigation was part of OCDETF Operation Tiny Toon Adventure. An Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) is a joint federal, state, and local cooperative approach to combat drug trafficking and is the nation’s primary tool for disrupting and dismantling major drug trafficking organizations, targeting national and regional level drug trafficking organizations, and coordinating the necessary law enforcement entities and resources to disrupt or dismantle the targeted criminal organization and seize their assets.  This OCDETF focuses on a Gang that has been involved in the distribution of large quantity of heroin into Eastern North Carolina.

Robert J. Higdon, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Louise W. Flanagan. The FBI’s Safe Street Task Force, New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, and the Wilmington Police Department’s Gang Unit investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Severo 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. 7:19-cr-00111-FL-1.

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Topic(s): 
Opioids
Updated August 28, 2020