CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A Hickory, N.C. man was sentenced to five years in prison today for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, announced Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Edward Leroy Bailey, 48, was also ordered to serve four years under court supervision after he is released from prison.
Alicia Jones, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Charlotte Field Division, and Chief Reed Baer of the Hickory Police Department join U.S. Attorney King in making today’s announcement.
According to court documents and court proceedings, in October 2022, law enforcement received information that Bailey was distributing narcotics from his hotel room in the Hickory area. Over the course of the investigation, law enforcement conducted controlled purchases of narcotics from Bailey, and, on October 18, 2022, they executed a search warrant at Bailey’s hotel room. During the search, law enforcement found and seized distribution quantities of methamphetamine, as well as cocaine base and marijuana, and more than $1,800 in cash. Law enforcement also seized three stolen firearms, two of which were loaded, and ammunition. Bailey has a criminal history that includes convictions for Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon and Possession of a Firearm by Felon, and he is not permitted to own or possess firearms.
On July 12, 2023, Bailey pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
The ATF and the Hickory Police Department investigated the case.
Special Assistant U.S. Attorney (SAUSA) William Wiseman of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte prosecuted the case. Mr. Wiseman is a state prosecutor with the office of the 26th Prosecutorial District and was assigned by District Attorney Spencer Merriweather to serve as a SAUSA with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte. Mr. Wiseman is sworn in both state and federal courts. The SAUSA position is a reflection of the partnership between the District Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.