North Carolina man sentenced to over 10 years in prison for drug and firearm charges

Published 7:34 pm Sunday, August 8, 2021

A Clayton man was sentenced July 27, 2021 to 123 months in prison for possessing with the intent to distribute cocaine base (“crack”) and cocaine, possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and felon in possession of firearms, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of North Carolina. Gregory Tobaris Brantley, 39, pleaded guilty to the charges on February 18, 2021.

According to court documents and other information presented in court, Brantley maintained a dwelling for purposes of drug distribution in Johnston County.

“North Carolina Probation and Parole Officers, assisted by the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office, conducted a probation search of Brantley’s residence in Clayton on July 10, 2020,” stated the release. “During the search, officers recovered: a loaded .357 revolver; a 12-gauge shotgun; several boxes of 12-gauge ammunition; eight 15mg morphine pills; 72.66 grams of cocaine; 26.92 grams of crack cocaine (which was prepackaged for sale); digital scales and other indicia of drug distribution; and $587 in U.S. 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 Terrence W. Boyle. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, North Carolina Probation and Parole and Johnston County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney David Fitzgerald prosecuted.

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