Man sentenced to 12 years in prison for drug distribution in Elizabeth City, Outer Banks areas

Published 7:41 am Friday, January 21, 2022

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An Elizabeth City man was sentenced Friday, January 14, 2022 to 144 months in prison for distributing cocaine, cocaine base (crack) and fentanyl, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of North Carolina. Maurice Dwight Toxey, 37, pleaded guilty to the charges on June 23, 2021.

According to court documents and other information presented in court, Toxey was involved in the distribution of narcotics including cocaine, crack, methamphetamine, heroin and fentanyl in the communities surrounding Elizabeth City and the Outer Banks.

“Law enforcement was able to conduct controlled purchases of drugs from Toxey, including some deals while Toxey was on state probation,” stated the release. “Toxey has previously been convicted of crimes involving the distribution or possession with the intent to sell or deliver controlled substances.”

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Michael Easley, 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 Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Marshals Service, Currituck County Sheriff’s Office, Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office, Dare County Narcotics Task Force, Elizabeth City Police Department and Kitty Hawk Police Department investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Nick J. Miller prosecuted.