Pamlico County drug dealer gets 11-plus years, $100,000 fine
BAYBORO – A drug dealer in Pamlico County has been sentenced to prison for 11 ½ to 15 ½ years.
On Tuesday, District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that Gregory Joseph Petronis, 33, of New Bern, has been convicted in Pamlico County Superior Court of several heroin trafficking offenses.
Assistant District Attorneys Christy Hawkins and Chekesha Hukins prosecuted the caseS, while Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ben Alford presided over the session.
Investigators with the Pamlico Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation conducted several undercover or controlled buys of heroin from Petronis as part of a larger investigation occurring in January and February of 2017.
In those buys, investigators used civilian cooperating witnesses to purchase 9.2 grams of heroin, and, later, 6.83 grams of heroin from Petronis, who pleaded guilty — convicted on four counts of Trafficking in Heroin, and one count of Obtaining Property by False Pretense (for selling stolen property as if he were the owner).
Judge Alford sentenced Petronis to consecutive 70-93 months sentences, for a total of 140 to 186 months (11 ½ years to 15 ½ years), and imposed mandatory fines totaling $ 100,000. Petronis was also ordered to pay back the money used by the investigators to make the purchases, which totaled $ 4,000.
District Attorney Scott Thomas said: “Sheriff Davis and I continue to do all we can to remove heroin dealers from our communities. Working together, we investigate and prosecute these cases successfully for long prison sentences. The investigators with the Sheriff’s Office and the SBI are to be commended for building solid cases for prosecution. In addition, prosecutors work to achieve a guilty plea or conviction after a trial.”