METH TRAFFICKER SENT TO PRISON
BAYBORO – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Pamlico Superior Court yesterday, JOEL PADILLA-GALVES, 49, who resided in Minnesott Beach, was convicted of trafficking in methamphetamine and was sent to prison for 70 to 93 months.
The charge resulted from a joint operation conducted by the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. The investigators conducted two controlled purchases of methamphetamine from Padilla-Galves in a shopping center parking lot in Grantsboro. Police then obtained a search warrant for Padilla-Galves’ residence and found 156 grams of methamphetamine there.
Padilla-Galves pleaded guilty to one count of Trafficking in Methamphetamine and was sentenced to 70 to 93 months in prison, and was ordered to pay a $ 50,000 fine, laboratory fees, restitution to the law enforcement agencies for the costs of the operation, and attorney’s fees. Padilla-Galves is an illegal alien, having been deported from the United States once before. The U.S. Department of Justice intends to prosecute Padilla- Galves for his illegal re-entry into the country. By law, any sentence resulting from that federal case will not begin to run until Padilla-Galves serves his State-court sentence.
The case against Padilla-Galves was prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Christy Hawkins.
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.