North Carolina man sentenced to more than five years in prison for drug distribution charges

Published 8:47 am Sunday, August 28, 2022

A Bayboro man was sentenced August 23, 2022 to 70 months in prison for distributing more than 28 grams of crack on multiple occasions, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of North Carolina. George Henry Midgette, also known as “Jersey George,” 62, pleaded guilty to the charges on May 17, 2022.

Midgette was first identified as a Pamlico County drug dealer in 2017, according to the release. “Law enforcement went on to execute a series of drug buys from Midgette at different locations throughout Pamlico County,” stated the release. “The investigation culminated in Midgette’s arrest by the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office on September 20, 2021.”

Midgette also had previous convictions for drug crimes in North Carolina, Maryland and New York.

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“This investigation is part of operation ‘Last Call’ which is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) investigation. Operation Last Call targeted individuals engaged in the distribution of controlled substances throughout Pamlico County and surrounding areas,” stated the release. “OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launders, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.”

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 Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, United States Drug Enforcement Administration and Department of Homeland Security investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Tyler Lemons prosecuted.