Friday, July 19, 2024

Local gang leader convicted on 8 counts of drug distribution

WILMINGTON — A high-ranking gang member in Wilmington was convicted on drug charges Thursday.

Don Eugene Nixon, 48, leader in the Bloods gang, was convicted on charged of trafficking heroin, fentanyl and cocaine. He was convicted on eight counts including conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin and fentanyl, distribution and possession with the intent to distribute.

Nixon faces a minimum sentence of five years and a maximum of 40 for each count, with a possible prison time of 320 years. He will be sentenced later this year.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Wilmington Police Department partnered on a months-long investigation. According to court records and evidence presented at trial, the investigation led to six controlled purchases from Nixon of large quantities of drugs.

Nixon would deliver the drugs to an informant pressed into a square block shape, tightly wrapped with electrical tape. A search of Nixon’s home also uncovered 131 grams of heroin and three handguns, seized by officers.

Trial testimony showed Nixon was a large-scale heroin dealer who operated for more than a decade in Eastern North Carolina. His rank and reach with the Bloods made it difficult to investigate and prosecute his crimes. Witnesses refused to testify due to threats and those who did, have been relocated under federal protection.

“The gangs pushing deadly fentanyl in our community have a role in fueling the deadliest drug epidemic our country has ever seen,” U.S Attorney Michael Easley said in a press release. “Our office is partnering with law enforcement at every level to fight the fentanyl epidemic and put drug traffickers behind bars.”

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