Federal Judge Sentences Hickory, N.C. Man To 14 Years In Prison For Trafficking Methamphetamine In Catawba And Caldwell Counties
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – George McNeill, 32, of Charlotte, was sentenced today to 90 months in prison followed by four years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and cocaine, announced Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.
According to filed court documents and information presented at the sentencing hearing, in September 2021, law enforcement learned that McNeill was a fentanyl and cocaine trafficker in the Charlotte area. Court records show that law enforcement working with a cooperating individual arranged a meeting with McNeill to buy narcotics. When McNeill arrived in his vehicle at the agreed-upon location, law enforcement moved in to detain him. McNeill sped away from the scene to evade arrest. McNeill eventually crashed his vehicle and then attempted to flee on foot. He was apprehended after a brief foot chase. After McNeill was arrested, law enforcement searched his vehicle and recovered fentanyl, cocaine, drug paraphernalia, and $2,160 in cash. Law enforcement also found a firearm loaded with six rounds of ammunition tucked beneath the center console arm rest. Court records show that McNeill has multiple prior state convictions for drug trafficking.
On April 11, 2023, McNeill pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and cocaine. He is currently in federal custody and will be transferred to the custody of the federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility.
In making today’s announcement, U.S. Attorney King credited the Western District’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), and thanked the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department for their investigative efforts.
OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles criminal organizations using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at https://www.justice.gov/ocdetf.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Taylor G. Stout of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte prosecuted the case.