Wilmington gang member sentenced to four years in federal prison

WILMINGTON — Wilmington gang member Aaron Bell, 25, was sentenced Wednesday to four years in federal prison for one count of distributing heroin and two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon.

Bell’s charges stemmed from an August 2019 incident in which the Wilmington Police Department conducted a controlled purchase of heroin from Bell in the Silver Lake area of Wilmington.

He was arrested in May 2020 on an outstanding warrant for pending state court charges, according to a U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina press release. He was in possession of a loaded handgun which he said he needed because of wanting protection from a rival gang. He was a felon and prohibited from carrying a firearm.

The investigation found Bell distributed more than 65 grams of heroin between October 2018 and August 2019.

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