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Wilmington gang member sentenced more than a year in prison for selling heroin

Dequannze Rahmeke Williamson
Dequannze Rahmeke Williamson

A Wilmington man pleaded guilty this week to heroin charges and tampering with his ankle monitoring device.

Dequannze Rahmeke Williamson, 23, pleaded guilty Tuesday in New Hanover County Superior Court to charges of selling heroin, possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin and interfering with an electronic monitoring device, according to District Attorney Ben David.

A person working under the supervision of the Wilmington Police Department purchased 10 bindles of heroin from Williamson with the stamp “strike dead” while at a Roses store parking lot off Carolina Beach Road in April 2015.

Williamson is a validated gang member, David said. He was on electronic monitoring at the time of the heroin sale for previous convictions. According to the N.C. Department of Corrections, he was most recently convicted of selling a schedule II controlled substance and selling and delivering a schedule II controlled substance in January 2015.

In the weeks after the heroin sale, Williamson removed the electronic monitoring device without lawful permission, David said. He was subsequently charged with the drug sale and tampering with the ankle monitor.

The investigation was conducted by Wilmington Police Department Vice and Narcotics Division, Wilmington Police Department Gang Unit, and Community Threat Group Division of the Department of Probation and Parole. The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Timothy Severo. Williamson was represented by attorney Walter Smith.

Superior Court Judge Jay Hockenbury sentenced Williamson between 13-25 months in the N.C. Department of Corrections.

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