Drug trafficker sentenced to prison

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Scott E. Thomas | District Attorney

New Bern, North Carolina – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Craven County Superior Court this week, MARCUS EDWARD EARL GOLDEN, 52, of New Bern, pled guilty to drug trafficking charges and was sentenced to a prison term. Superior Court Judge W. Douglas Parsons presided over this criminal term of court, and Assistant District Attorney Chekesha Hukins prosecuted the case in court.


GOLDEN was serving a probationary sentence in 2015, when his residence was searched twice. Persons who are under supervised probation are subject to a standard term of probation that allows for warrantless searches of the person and premises by their probation officer, assisted by law enforcement if needed. During the searches, officers found both a trafficking amount of methadone pills and oxycodone pills in GOLDEN’s residence, as well as a semi-automatic handgun wrapped in a shirt on a dresser. The pills were found in both GOLDEN’s pockets and a piggy bank in the residence. GOLDEN has been a convicted felon since February 2014, and is prohibited from possessing firearms.

Prior to his cases being called for trial, GOLDEN pled guilty to the following charges: two counts of Trafficking in Opium by Possession, one count of Possession of Firearm by Felon, one count of Possession of Cocaine, and one count of Maintaining a Dwelling for Controlled Substances.

Judge Parsons sentenced GOLDEN to a combined sentence of 70 to 93 months in prison. GOLDEN will be subject to a term of post-release supervision of nine months, during which time he will be subject to similar warrantless searches.

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