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Kevin Ray McGirt
Kevin Ray McGirt

A Wilmington man was sentenced to more than two years in prison after entering a guilty plea to trafficking cocaine.

Kevin Ray McGirt, 40, pleaded guilty Monday in New Hanover County Superior Court to a charge of trafficking in cocaine by sale and possession with intent to make, sell or deliver cocaine, according to District Attorney Ben David. Superior Court Judge Jay Hockenbury sentenced McGirt between 35-51 months in the N.C. Department of Corrections and ordered him to pay a $50,000 fine.

A drug agent with New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office arranged a controlled purchase from McGirt of an ounce of cocaine for $1,700, at his home on Vance Street in April 2015.  Following the drug sale, detectives obtained a search warrant for the residence.

Agents search McGirt’s home and seized more than 40 grams of cocaine, documents indicating drug sales, a grinder, bags, and more than $5,200, including the cash used to make the controlled purchase.

The investigation of this case was conducted by New Hanover County Sheriff’s Vice and Narcotics Unit. The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Timothy Severo. McGirt was represented by attorney Thomas Woodrum.