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

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Wilson Man Sentenced on Drug and Gun Charges

RALEIGH – The United States Attorney Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that yesterday in federal court, United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced Deterri Obrian Lucas, 32, of Wilson, NC to 126 months of imprisonment followed by 5 years of supervised release.


On September 6, 2017, LUCAS pled guilty to a three-count indictment, charging Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin, Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime, and Possession of a Firearm by a Felon. 


The evidence established that on June 26, 2016, officers of the Wilson Police Department conducted a traffic stop on LUCAS to serve outstanding warrants for his arrest.  Officers arrested LUCAS, and in a subsequent search of the vehicle, they located a loaded 9mm handgun under LUCAS’ seat.  They later found a quantity of heroin hidden in LUCAS’ pants.


The Wilson Police Department conducted the investigation of this case.  Assistant United States Attorney Jake D. Pugh is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

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Updated December 21, 2017