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North Carolina man sentenced to 14 years in prison for crystal methamphetamine, firearm charges

A Fayetteville man was sentenced Monday, June 21 to 168 months in prison and five years of supervised release for trafficking crystal methamphetamine and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, according to a press release from the Department of Justice, Eastern District of North Carolina.

On February 24, 2021, Terekus Derrell Rogers, 39, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of crystal methamphetamine (Count One); possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of crystal methamphetamine (Count Two); and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime (Count Three).

According to court documents and other information presented in court, Rogers sold crystal methamphetamine to a confidential informant on several dates from May to July 2020.

“Rogers was arrested on July 30, 2020 and was found in possession of more than 26 grams of crystal methamphetamine,” stated the release. “Agents then executed a search warrant at Rogers’s residence. Agents seized almost 800 grams of crystal methamphetamine; a rifle; a revolver; a handgun; almost 150 rounds of ammunition; drug packaging materials; and more than $28,000 in currency.”

G. Norman Acker III, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Fayetteville Police Department investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Lemmon prosecuted.

“This effort is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach,” the release continued. “Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.”

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