CARTERET DRUG CASES END WITH PRISON SENTENCES
BEAUFORT – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced the following drug case convictions and resulting prison sentences obtained by his office in Carteret County Superior Court:
DANIEL FOLEY NYBERG, 30, of New Bern, was sentenced to an active prison term of 117-171 months and a fine of $50,000 for his role in the break-in and theft of thousands of pills, mostly opiates, from the K-Mart on Arendell St. in Morehead City on June 19, 2017. An alarm at the business came in at 11:14 p.m. When Morehead City Police officers responded, they found a white GMC Sierra truck behind the store with the lights off and Nyberg sitting inside. Nyberg drove off when officers approached the truck and a brief pursuit took place before Nyberg surrendered. His co-defendant’s case will be handled at a later session of court.
CHARLES THARP, 25, of Newport, was sentenced to a total active sentence of 102-168 months for both Possession of an Immediate Precursor Chemical and for violating his probation on prior drug charges. The new drug charge which gave prosecutors the ability to revoke his probation was committed on September 25, 2016 when Tharp was one of five defendants charged and convicted after detectives with the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant for a suspected meth lab on Nine Food Road.
JAMES DOUGLAS McBROOM, III, 37, of Newport pleaded guilty to two counts of Sale of Heroin and Methamphetamine and two counts of Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Heroin and Methamphetamine relating to undercover sales to an undercover informant working with the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office on July 18, 2016 and August 26, 2016. McBroom received two consecutive active sentences totaling 39-66 months in prison.
CAMERON JAMES DINGMAN, 21, of Newport, pleaded guilty to Possessing an Immediate Methamphetamine Precursor Chemical and received an active prison sentence of 19-32 months in the North Carolina Division of Adult Correction. Dingman was one of five defendants charged and convicted after detectives with the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant for a suspected meth lab at a mobile home park on Nine Foot Road on September 25, 2016. Dingman had provided pseudoephedrine for its use in the production of methamphetamine.
District Attorney Scott Thomas said, “Sheriff Asa Buck, Chief Bernette Morris, and I continue to coordinate our efforts to investigate and prosecute drug crimes in Carteret County. These efforts must be sustained over the long term to reduce illegal drug activity.”
These cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney David Spence.
NOTE: Under North Carolina Structured Sentencing law, a convicted criminal defendant must serve all of the minimum active sentence and may be required to serve up to the maximum sentence. Upon release at the conclusion of the prison sentence, a nine to twelve month period of post-release supervision by a probation officer is required.