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Saturday, May 25, 2024

Wilmington man sentenced in federal court for heroin distribution

Bundles of Heroin
Many bundles of heroin come with its own trademark stamp. (Port City Daily file photo/CHRISTINA HALEY)

WILMINGTON — A Wilmington man has been sentenced to more than 18-years in federal prison for drug distribution and firearm charges.

Darius J. Williams was sentenced by Senior United States District Judge W. Earl Britt to 225 months of imprisonment followed by 6-years of supervised release, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release.

According the release, “On Feb. 21, 2017, agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation observed an individual using heroin in a restaurant parking lot in Wilmington. His sleeve was rolled up, exposing his forearm, and 87 dosage units of heroin were in his lap. The man informed the agents he was on federal supervised release. The agents seized the evidence and took him into custody where he was debriefed. Agents learned the individual was living in a federal halfway house, where he had previously purchased heroin from Williams, who was also on federal supervised release and living in the same house.”

Two days later, the man who was caught using heroin assisted the FBI by purchasing 351 doses or 9-grams of heroin. Williams was arrested on June 26, 2017 at the probation office in Wilmington.

“Following Williams detention, law enforcement monitored a number of phone calls between Williams and associates under the belief that Williams was attempting to lead them to a location where narcotics were stored. Law enforcement officers observed the associates park their vehicle near the address identified as belonging to Williams mother. The associates were detained upon leaving. An examination of the vehicle recovered two plastic bags containing 91.78 grams of Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), 33.68 grams of cocaine, 62.78 grams of marijuana, and a loaded .380 pistol which was later determined to be stolen,” the release states.


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