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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 11, 2016

Wilson Man Sentenced For Heroin And Crack Conspiracy And Firearm Offense

GREENVILLE – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina announced that in federal court yesterday Senior United States District Judge Malcolm J. Howard, sentenced CLAUDE KING, 42, of Wilson, North Carolina, to 171 months’ imprisonment followed by 5 years’ supervised release.

September 14, 2015, KING pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute a Quantity of Heroin and Cocaine Base (Crack) and Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Offense.

The investigation of KING began in 2013 for heroin and crack distribution.  In September 2013, KING was arrested as he returned from New York with 50 grams of heroin.  A search warrant was executed and a firearm was found at his home.

KING is responsible for the distribution of kilogram quantities of heroin in Wilson, Pitt, Beaufort, and Dare counties.

The criminal investigation of this case was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Wilson Police Department, Greenville Police Department, Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, and Dare County Sheriff’s Office.  Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Wells handled the prosecution on behalf of the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Updated February 11, 2016