North Carolina man sentenced to 10 years in prison for conspiracy, possession of illegal prescription pills

Published 6:37 pm Sunday, July 17, 2022

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A Robeson County man was sentenced July 6, 2022 to 120 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute and possessing with the intent to distribute thousands of illegal prescription pills including oxycodone, oxymorphone, hydrocodone and methadone, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of North Carolina. Jeffrey Randal Brooks Jr., pleaded guilty to the charges – including possessing a firearm in furtherance of his drug crimes – on February 16, 2021.

“This defendant was involved in a complex scheme to illegally obtain and sell prescription drugs furthering addiction and harming our communities,” said U.S. Attorney Michael Easley. “We will continue to do all that we can to get drug dealers off the streets, raise awareness and keep our communities safe.”

Jeffrey Randal Brooks Jr., 42, was stopped by law enforcement in 2019 and 2020, with illicit pills for distribution. “Subsequent search warrants resulted in the seizure of more than 2,500 pills, $80,000, and a loaded handgun,” stated the release. “Brooks was previously convicted of similar crimes in North Carolina and Virginia.”

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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 Terrence W. Boyle. The Drug Enforcement Administration and Robeson County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Tyler Lemons prosecuted.