Jacksonville man convicted of selling crack cocaine to informant

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John allen Hill IV
John Allen Hill IV

A Jacksonville man was found guilty this week on multiple drug charges and given the habitual felon status in Pender County Superior Court this week.

John Allen Hill IV, 32, was found guilty by Pender County jury Wednesday on charges of conspiracy to sell and deliver cocaine, selling and delivering cocaine, and possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver cocaine, according to District Attorney Ben David.  On Thursday morning, he pleaded guilty to being a habitual felon.

Hill sold crack cocaine to a confidential informant in a controlled purchase conducted by the Pender County Sheriff’s Office Vice and Narcotics unit on June 1, 2012, David said.

According to the N.C. Department of Corrections, Hill has multiple felony convictions including drug possession, and selling and delivering a controlled substance, along with his most recent conviction of discharging a firearm into an occupied property in May 2011. The previous felony convictions along with Wednesday’s judgment qualified him for the habitual felon status.

“The hard work of the Pender County Sherriff’s Office Vice and Narcotics Unit, especially lead investigator Lt. Randy King, was instrumental in the conviction of this defendant,” Assistant District Attorney Jason Smith said.

Superior Court Judge Charles Henry sentenced him to 58-42 years in the N.C. Department of Corrections.

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