South Carolina man sentenced in North Carolina to more than six years in prison for cocaine, firearm possession charges

Published 2:47 pm Thursday, August 11, 2022

Getting your Trinity Audio player ready...

A Sumter, South Carolina man was sentenced August 5, 2022 to 77 months in prison for possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of North Carolina. Derrick Lee Daye, 35, pleaded guilty to the charges on April 21, 2022.

According to court documents and other information presented in court, Daye was arrested on June 21, 2021 after officers with the Dunn Police Department found him with a backpack containing over $18,000 in cash, a loaded gun and 90 grams of compressed cocaine. Daye, a member of the Bloods street gang, had five prior felony convictions before this arrest, stated the releasees.

“I would like to thank U.S. Attorney Michael Easley and his team for their cooperation and hard work in assisting law enforcement officers in a successful prosecution and removal of a dangerous habitual felon from the community,” said Dunn Police Chief Clark White. “This is a perfect example of how local and federal agencies working together can achieve great results.”

Get the latest headlines sent to you

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 Dunn Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Caroline Webb and Nicholas Hartigan prosecuted the case.