Wilmington man sentenced to federal prison for heroin distribution

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A Wilmington man was recently sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for heroin distribution and gun possession.

U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle sentenced 44-year-old Kelvin Broadwater to 15 years in federal prison, followed by three years on supervised release in U.S. District Court on Monday.

Broadwater pleaded guilty to distributing heroin and possession of a firearm and ammunition by a felon on Feb. 12. He was indicted on the charges in August 2014, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Broadwater was arrested in March 2014, when Wilmington police officers searched his home.

“When Broadwater and a female pulled up to the apartment, vice detectives approached him and asked him to get out of the car,” U.S. Attorney’s Office Spokesman Don Connelly said. “Rather than complying, Broadwater locked himself in his car and attempted to ingest heroin. Detectives broke out the rear window and gained entry to the car.”

As he was being taken into custody, three bindles of heroin reportedly fell from him. Detectives also found and seized a .32 caliber revolver and ammunition.

“Broadwater admitted that he had been selling drugs and admitted buying the gun for $100 from a neighbor,” Connelly said. “Due to Broadwater’s extensive criminal history, he was designated as an armed career criminal.”