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Wilmington Man Sentenced For Heroin Distribution

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

RALEIGH - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court today Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced CARNELL RANDALL WHITE, 24, of Wilmington, North Carolina, to 120 months imprisonment followed by 5 years supervised release.

On November 14, 2012, WHITE pled guilty to possession with the intent to distribute and distribution of 100 grams or more of heroin.

During the course of the investigation, the Wilmington Police Department made three undercover purchases of heroin from WHITE between September 2011 and February 2012.

On March 26, 2012, the Wilmington Police Department stopped a rental car driven by Kathy Mishoe with Linwood Nelson as a passenger.  The vehicle was returning from New Jersey to Wilmington North Carolina.  Detectives found 7,500 bags of heroin which were to be delivered to WHITE and Kenneth Harris for distribution.

In addition, law enforcement uncovered that Nelson and Mishoe had previously transported heroin for WHITE and others to distribute in the New Hanover County area.  Between November 2011 and February 2012 the group imported more than 16,500 bags of heroin from New Jersey.

Furthermore the investigation revealed that WHITE was responsible for distributing more than 1.5 kilograms of heroin into Eastern North Carolina.

This case was brought as a part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Operation entitled WoofPack, investigating importers and multi-level distributors of heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine and gang activity associated with this distribution. So far 33 persons have been sentenced in federal court as a part of this operation.                   

Investigation of this OCDETF case is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (Safe Streets Task Force); the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and Explosives; the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations; the Wilmington Police Department; the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and the Greenville Police Department. Special Assistant United States Attorney Timothy Severo represents the government. Mr. Severo is a prosecutor with the New Hanover District Attorney’s Office. District Attorney Ben David has assigned him to the United States Attorney’s office to prosecute federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force criminal matters.

Updated July 14, 2015