HEROIN TRAFFICKING LEADS TO PRISON

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NEW BERN – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Craven County Superior Court yesterday, EDWARD EARL HARPER, 40, of New Bern, entered a guilty plea to trafficking in heroin and opium prior to his case being called for trial, and was sentenced to a prison term of 70 to 93 months. Superior Court Judge Tanya Wallace presided over this term of court, and the case was prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Chekesha Hukins.

Members of the CNET team (Coastal Narcotics Enforcement Team) were assisting probation officers with searches of residences of persons who were on probation for prior convictions. When officers arrived at Harper’s residence, they observed Harper in the presence of three known heroin users, which is a violation of the standard conditions of probation. Officers located needles and empty bag corners in a vehicle on the property where Harper had been sitting. They continued the search, finding multiple plastic bags containing tan, off-white, and gray powder and hard substances that were confirmed to be cocaine, and heroin laced with fentanyl, a powerful opium derivative.


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Harper pled guilty to Trafficking in Heroin; Trafficking in Opium, Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver (PWISD) Cocaine, PWISD Heroin, and PWISD Fentanyl. Judge Wallace sentenced Harper to 70 to 93 months in prison, and imposed a $ 50,000 fine. She also ordered Harper to repay laboratory fees, court costs, and attorney’s fees. She recommended that Harper receive substance abuse counseling while in prison.


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