Pamlico Drug Convictions

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Bayboro, North Carolina – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced the following convictions obtained in Pamlico Superior Court last week. Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ben Alford presided, and the cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Christy Hawkins. All cases were investigated by the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office.

HIAWATHA KEYS, 32, of New Bern, pled guilty to Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver both Schedule I and Schedule II controlled substances, Driving While Impaired (DWI), and he admitted his habitual felon status. The charges arose out of two controlled purchases of heroin and cocaine from Keys, and of a DWI checkpoint netting impaired drivers. Keys was sentenced to 29 to 44 months in prison, with an additional 60 days consecutive to that sentence.


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HOYETT SMITH, 47, of Bayboro, pled guilty to Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Heroin, arising out of a controlled purchase of heroin. Judge Alford sentenced Smith to 11 to 23 months in prison, and ordered that Smith pay all court costs, attorney fees, laboratory fees, and investigation costs upon his release from prison, when he will be subject to nine months of post-release supervision.


VALICE EDWARD CARMEN, JR., 45, of Bayboro, was convicted upon his guilty plea of Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Cocaine, resulting from a controlled purchase of cocaine. Carmen was sentenced to 11 to 23 months in prison, and will have to pay court indebtedness upon his release from custody.


RICHARD FISHER, 66, of Vandemere, was convicted of two counts of Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance. The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office conducted two controlled purchases of cocaine from Fisher on separate occasions. Judge Alford sentenced Fisher to 11 to 23 months in prison, and Fisher will have to pay court indebtedness upon his release from custody.


MICHAEL LEWIS, 70, of Grantsboro, pled guilty to Attempted Trafficking in Percocet, and Sale or Delivery of Percocet. Pamlico Sheriff’s investigators conducted two controlled purchases of Percocet (prescription painkiller) pills from Lewis, in June, 2016 and January, 2017, netting in a purchase of more than 25 tablets. Lewis, who is confined to a wheelchair, was selling his own prescribed pills during these purchases. He was sentenced to 12 to 24 months in prison, and will have to pay all fees and costs after he is released from custody.


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