68 year-old to serve two years on cocaine charges

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Joe Arthur Mays

A Wilmington man pleaded guilty Wednesday to a drug trafficking charge in New Hanover County Superior Court.

Joe Arthur Mays, 68, pleaded guilty to trafficking in cocaine by possession of more than 28 grams and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, according to a news release from District Attorney Ben david.

Detectives with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Vice and Narcotics Unit made a controlled purchase of cocaine from Mays at his home on Dock Street in Wilmington on May 18, 2015, David said. The next day, detectives served a search warrant at the Dock Street home and seized more than 40 grams of cocaine, digital scales, a grinder, bags and more than $3,000 in cash.

“Regardless of your age, if you poison this community you will be held accountable and pay the price in your freedom,” Assistant District Attorney Timothy Severo said.

Superior Court Judge Charles Henry sentenced Mays to 35-51 months in the N.C. Department of Corrections. Severo prosecuted the case for the state. Mays was represented by attorney Thomas Woodrum.