North Carolina man sentenced to more than 13 years in prison for multi-year drug distribution conspiracy

Published 4:28 pm Wednesday, March 16, 2022

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A Clinton man was sentenced Friday, March 11, 2022 to 165 months in prison and five years of supervised release for a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana that began in 2012 and extended into 2019, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of North Carolina. Edward Neil Corbett, 42, pleaded guilty to the charges on December 7, 2020.

According to court documents and other information presented in court, Corbett was responsible for distributing more than 2,000 grams of methamphetamine, more than 3,500 grams of cocaine and 34 kilograms of marijuana.

“The investigation revealed that Corbett provided drugs to several violent gang members in Sampson County,” stated the release. “Corbett was also held accountable for possessing dangerous weapons during his drug trafficking and maintaining a house in Clinton to distribute his drugs.”

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Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, made the announcement after sentencing by Chief U.S. District Judge Richard E. Myers II. The Sampson County Sheriff’s Office, Clinton Police Department and ATF investigated the case and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Tyler Lemons prosecuted.