North Carolina man sentenced to more than 23 years in prison for heroin, cocaine and fentanyl charges

Published 9:59 am Saturday, May 28, 2022

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A Fayetteville man was sentenced on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 to 280 months in prison for leading a network of heroin, fentanyl and cocaine distributors, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of North Carolina.

Garry Jermaine Alford, 49, previously pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin, 280 grams or more of cocaine base and 40 grams or more of fentanyl and one count of possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin and 40 grams or more of fentanyl.

According to court documents and other information presented in court, Alford employed at least half a dozen individuals to operate multiple houses used to store and sell drugs in the Deep Creek area of Fayetteville.

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“Due to the heavy amounts of vehicle and foot traffic at these residences, investigators launched an investigation in early 2019,” stated the release. “Search warrants executed at a number of Alford’s stash houses on September 10, 2020 resulted in the seizure of fentanyl, heroin, drug packaging materials, a 12 gauge shotgun, and over $68,000.”

Co-conspirators Xavier Kaylon Whitted and Charles Dexter Underwood were previously sentenced to terms of 84 months and 72 months in prison, respectively. Other members of the organization were prosecuted by the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office.

Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Terrence W. Boyle. The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Caroline Webb prosecuted.