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Local man sentenced in federal court

Revised on: 08.9.2018 at 02:17 p.m.

Posted on: 08.9.2018 at 01:56 p.m.

Leroy Moore Jr. of Whiteville will spend the next five years in federal prison after pleading guilty to drug charges.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Thursday that Moore, 31, entered a guilty plea Jan. 24 to possession with intent to distribute 28 or more grams of crack cocaine. He was sentenced this week and will serve five years in prison followed by five years of supervised probation.

On July 1, 2014, Moore was stopped at a sheriff’s office checkpoint near Whiteville, according to the 2017 indictment. As deputies approached the car, they detected a strong odor of marijuana and saw smoke coming from the center console.

Moore admitted that he had just extinguished a “blunt”, or marijuana cigar.

When he was searched by arresting officers, several pieces of crack fell from his pants leg. He also had several plastic bags, scales, more crack, a pill bottle and marijuana in his vehicle and on his person, the indictment states. A total of 29 grams of crack was recovered.

The arrest and conviction were part of the “Take Back North Carolina Initiative,” a cooperative program between the U.S. Attorney’s Office and local law enforcement that targets drug trafficking and violent crime.

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