Newport man among 2 area drug dealers sentenced in Craven County

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NEW BERN — Two area drug dealers, including a Carteret County man, were recently convicted of controlled substance distribution offenses and sentenced to prison by Judge John Nobles Jr. in Craven County Superior Court, District Attorney Scott Thomas’ office announced Tuesday.

According to a release, Cade Russell Jones, 31, of Newport, pleaded guilty to charges of possession with intent to sell or deliver heroin and methamphetamine, conspiracy to possess with intent to sell or deliver methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. He also admitted his status as a habitual felon.

Mr. Jones received a maximum sentence of eight years and nine months in prison, which he was ordered to carry out at the conclusion of a 13 year, 8-month prison sentence he is currently serving on convictions in Carteret County. Those prior convictions include first degree kidnapping, possession of a firearm by a felon, habitual misdemeanor assault, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine and a probation violation.

Mr. Jones will also have to pay $400 in restitution to the Havelock Police Department as a condition of his post-release supervision once he released from prison.

The Craven County and Carteret County offenses occurred near the same time in April 2019, according to the release. Mr. Jones was sentenced on the Carteret County charges first and then the Craven County charges, and he was prosecuted as a habitual felon as a result of prior convictions in Carteret County. The cases were investigated by the HPD and Carteret County Sheriff’s Office.

The other individual convicted and sentenced was Daryl Hill, 33, of Havelock, who pleaded guilty to charges including trafficking in opium/heroin, possession with intent to sell or deliver a controlled substance within 1,000 of school property and maintaining a vehicle for the purpose of sale/deliver of controlled substances. Like Mr. Jones, he also admitted his status as a habitual felon.

Mr. Hill received a maximum sentence of 10 years and 8 months in prison and was ordered to pay a $50,000 fine and $3,200 in restitution to the HPD’s narcotics fund. The charges resulted from controlled purchases conducted under the supervision of the police department on five occasion during an investigation into Mr. Hill’s drug trafficking activities in January and February 2020, according to the release. He was prosecuted as a habitual felon as a result of prior convictions in Craven County.

The cases were prosecuted by assistant district attorney Chekesha Hukins in Craven County and assistant district attorney Augustus Willis in Carteret County. The N.C. State Crime Lab performed laboratory analysis on the suspected narcotics.

(3) comments

drewski

Gee same age, same charges very different sentences. Wonder what is different between the two men? Rather then start yet another CRT flame war lets instead look at the cost between them 30 yrs in prison. admittedly the kidnapping is serious and he needs to go away for that, but in general, 30 yrs 30k a yr thats 900000 dollars on the taxpayer, for 2 just 2 guys.. The war on drugs is an abject failure, and an expensive one.

mpjeep

What stands out to me is that these really bad guys will have to pay fines back to the police department.

General appropriations should be the only way police are funded. Yet, many law enforcement agencies rely on fines and fees to help support their budgets; parking citations, speeding tickets, seat belt violations, and arrests.

In a 2019 study, Governing conducted a review of police budgets from around the country found that fines and fees are a critical source of funding for some police departments.

Some police departments are under pressure to collect their revenue. For example, in 2010 in Ferguson, Missouri, the city’s finance director wrote to the police chief: Unless ticket writing ramps up significantly before the end of the year, we are looking at a substantial revenue shortfall, and it’s not a minor issue (paraphrasing, not quoting).

David Collins

Prompt execution would trim that cost way back . The Gulf Countries and a few others got that right .

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