North Carolina man sentenced to 30 years in prison for drug, firearm charges

Published 12:30 pm Saturday, January 22, 2022

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A Raleigh man was sentenced on January 14, 2022 to 360 months in prison for possession with intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine, possession of firearms by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of North Carolina.  A jury in Raleigh convicted Keith Lamont Thompson Jr., 27, of all counts on October 13, 2021.

According to court records and evidence presented at trial, Thompson possessed two firearms and over two ounces of powder cocaine.

“On July 6, 2019, officers with the Raleigh Police Department received information that Thompson was in possession of cocaine and multiple firearms at his apartment in Raleigh, North Carolina,” stated the release. “When Raleigh Police executed the search warrant, they learned that Thompson had ordered a female subject to hide his guns and drugs in her car. Officers searched the car and recovered 90 grams of cocaine and two firearms, including one that had been reported stolen.”

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Further investigation revealed that Thompson was a convicted felon on active state probation for selling cocaine at the time of the July 6 search, according to the release.

Thompson was subject to enhanced sentencing penalties as a career offender due to a conviction in 2014 for robbery with a dangerous weapon and second-degree kidnapping and a conviction in 2018 for possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine.