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North Carolina man sentenced to 15 years in prison for methamphetamine, firearm charges

A Raleigh man was sentenced April 23 to 180 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine, according to a press release from the Department of Justice, Eastern District of North Carolina.

According to court documents, Connor Daniel Rushing, 25, was responsible for distributing over 10 kilograms of methamphetamine between November 2018 and September 2019.

“During the course of their investigation, law enforcement seized over 1 kilogram of methamphetamine as well as 2 firearms from the defendant,” stated the release. “Rushing’s operation was ultimately brought to an end when he was stopped on September 29, 2019, returning from Georgia with over 500 grams of methamphetamine in his vehicle.”

G. Norman Acker III, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Louise W. Flanagan. The Raleigh Police Department and the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Crosby prosecuted.

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