Wilmington man pleads guilty to trafficking heroin, shooting in May 2014

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Carl Antonio Scott
Carl Antonio Scott

A Wilmington man was sentenced to more than seven years in prison after he pleaded guilty to trafficking heroin and shooting a man in May 2014.

Carl Antonio Scott, 29, pleaded guilty in New Hanover County Superior Court Wednesday to five counts of trafficking between 4-14 grams heroin, conspiracy to traffic between 14-28 grams of heroin, trafficking heroin by transportation, possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin, possession of a firearm by a felon and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, according a news release from District Attorney Ben David. Superior Court Judge Kenneth Crow sentenced Scott to between 90 and 120 months in the N.C. Department of Corrections.

Drug agents with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and federal agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted a joint investigation of Scott’s activities after they received information he was responsible for distributing thousands of bags of heroin in the Wilmington area in 2014, David said.

Scott was also charged in connection with a shooting in the 500 block of Maides Avenue in Wilmington on May 4, 2014. David said Scott and the male victim, who had a .45-caliber handgun, argued, then Scott took away the handgun and used it to shoot the victim in the chest.

Scott fled the scene, David said, while the victim was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center where he was treated and released.

Two days later, undercover officers bought heroin from Scott, who was then arrested with two co-defendants as he drove away.

Law enforcement also served a search warrant in the 2600 block of Confederate Drive and found $5,000 in cash, including buy money from the undercover purchase, digital scales and paperwork that officers suspect were related to gang activity.