North Carolina man sentenced to 10 years in prison for drug, firearm charges

Published 9:15 am Sunday, May 7, 2023

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A Holly Ridge man was sentenced to 120 months in prison for trafficking drugs with a sawed-off shotgun, according to an April 20, 2023 press release from the Department of Justice, Eastern District of North Carolina. Cameron Hansen, 39, pleaded guilty on January 11, 2023 to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of methamphetamine.

According to court documents, evidence presented in court and other documents, on February 14, 2021, Hansen was stopped by deputies from the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office for a traffic violation while travelling South on Highway 17 in Jacksonville.

“Hansen stopped his truck in the parking lot of a local business. An Onslow County Sheriff’s K-9 detected the odor of narcotics coming from the truck. Law enforcement searched the truck and recovered a sawed-off shotgun and approximately one ounce of 95 percent pure methamphetamine,” stated the release. “The investigation uncovered that Hansen distributed methamphetamine in the Holly Ridge area.”

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Hansen has a prior federal conviction for possession of a stolen firearm.

Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Louise W. Flanagan. The Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Onslow County Sheriffs’ Offices investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Timothy Severo prosecuted.