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Greensboro Drug Dealer Who Shot GCSO Deputy Sentenced to More Than 16 Years in Federal Prison

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

GREENSBORO, N.C. - A Greensboro resident was sentenced on December 14, 2021, in federal court in Winston-Salem for drug and firearm offenses, announced United States Attorney Sandra J. Hairston of the Middle District of North Carolina.

IVORY JOE TISDALE, age 59, pleaded guilty on June 14, 2021, to knowingly possessing with intent to distribute approximately 146 grams of cocaine hydrochloride, and to knowingly carrying and using, by discharging, a Smith & Wesson .38 caliber handgun during and in relation to the charged drug offense. A factual basis proffered at the change of plea hearing established that on December 10, 2019, shortly after 7:00 a.m., deputies from the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 1017 Moody Street in Greensboro, North Carolina. During the execution of that warrant TISDALE discharged a Smith & Wesson .38 caliber handgun through the front door of the home, striking a deputy in the hand and causing serious injury. Other deputies were able to render the scene safe for the subsequent execution of the warrant. From the home (and from the search of a related business at 3700 Spring Garden Street, Suite B, Greensboro, North Carolina) deputies recovered a total of approximately 146 grams of cocaine hydrochloride.

Chief United States District Judge Thomas D. Schroeder sentenced TISDALE to a total of 200 months in federal prison. In addition to the prison time, TISDALE was ordered to serve concurrent three-year and five-year terms of supervised release and to pay a special assessment of $200.00. Restitution was also ordered to the deputy TISDALE shot.

The case was investigated by the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office and the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Veronica L. Edmisten and Clifton T. Barrett.


Updated December 16, 2021