HEROIN DEALER SENT TO PRISON FOR 7 TO 10 YEARS

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NEW BERN — District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that DEMETRICE DEVELLE POLLARD, 39, of Plymouth, North Carolina, entered a guilty plea in his heroin trafficking cases in Craven County Superior Court last week, and was sentenced to prison for approximately 7 to 10 years. The cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Chekesha Hukins, and Superior Court Judge Josh Willey presided.

In August, 2016, narcotics investigators with the Havelock Police Department, the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office, and the Morehead City Police Department conducted a controlled buy of heroin using a confidential informant. Pollard sold the informant 4.89 grams of heroin for $ 900.00. Investigators stopped Pollard’s vehicle shortly after the transaction, and the marked purchase money was found in the vehicle. The average dose of heroin is 0.1 grams, so Pollard sold dozens of doses of heroin in this single transaction.

Pollard’s cases were originally set for trial during the upcoming August trial term of court, but he changed his plea last week, and pled guilty to the following counts: Trafficking in Heroin by Possession; Trafficking Heroin by Transportation; and Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver Heroin. Pollard is also an habitual felon, and he admitted that status as part of his guilty plea. (His prior record contains at least three felony convictions, including ones for cocaine possession, financial card theft, and possession of stolen goods.) Judge Willey sentenced Pollard to a prison term of 88 to 118 months (approximately 7 to 10 years), and imposed a mandatory $ 50,000 fine, in addition to court costs and laboratory fees.


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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.


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