North Carolina man sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for methamphetamine charges

Published 10:03 am Saturday, July 29, 2023

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A North Carolina man has been sentenced to 121 months in prison for drug trafficking, according to a July 13, 2023 news release from the U.S. Department of Justice, Eastern District of North Carolina. Edward Collins, 22, of Briscoe, pleaded guilty on April 12, 2023 to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing methamphetamine and possession with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing methamphetamine.

According to court documents and other information presented in court, on May 14, 2022, Duplin County narcotics detectives were aware that Collins was delivering a large amount of methamphetamine to a residence in Mt. Olive.

“When Collins arrived at the residence, detectives approached the car and Collins attempted to flee, but law enforcement was able to prevent Collins from leaving,” stated the release. “Law enforcement found 848 grams of pure methamphetamine in the car. During the course of the investigation, investigators uncovered that Collins had been involved in the distribution of at least 10 kilograms of methamphetamine between April 2021 and the time of his arrest.”

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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 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Drug Enforcement Administration, Department of Homeland Security and the Duplin and Sampson County Sheriff’s’ Offices investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Severo prosecuted.