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Wilmington drug trafficker sentenced to up to 4 years in prison

Derrick Bowens

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — A 25-year-old Wilmington man was sentenced Tuesday to up to 51 months in prison for drug trafficking.

Derrick Bowens pled guilty Wednesday in New Hanover County Superior Court to trafficking cocaine and three separate sales of cocaine that took place in 2021 and early 2022.

Hon. Judge Phyllis Gorham sentenced Bowens to the mandatory term of 35 to 51 months and imposed a statutorily mandated $50,000 fine.

On Dec. 2 and Dec. 8 of last year, as well as Jan. 5, 2022, Bowens sold a confidential informant working for the Wilmington Police Department approximately two grams of cocaine each time. The sales allowed WPD to execute a search warrant for Bowen’s house on Wellington Avenue where officers found 230 grams of marijuana, 12 grams of cocaine, and about 260 grams of crack cocaine, as well as $7,409.

“Thanks to the thorough investigative work of Vice Detectives with the Wilmington Police Department, mass quantities of crack cocaine and other narcotics were kept off the street of Wilmington,” Assistant District Attorney Brad Matthews said in a press release.

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