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Drug trafficker sentenced after narcotics seizure in 2021

Lumberton resident Malik Kirby, age 48, will spend up to 120 months in a federal prison for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense. (Courtesy Pexels)

WILMINGTON – A man was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Monday Jan. 8, after being arrested for drug trafficking in New Hanover County almost three years ago. 

Lumberton resident Malik Kirby, age 48, will spend up to 120 months in a federal prison for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense. 

According to court documents, Kirby was involved in a traffic stop in August of 2021. Wilmington Police Department and the New Hanover County’s Sheriff’s Office conducted a search of the vehicle after being alerted by a narcotics K9. 

Officers found approximately 24 grams of a heroin and fentanyl mixture, approximately 11 grams of crack cocaine, a digital scale with white powdery residue, and a Narcan box containing 157 empty and unused wax bindles used to package narcotics. Officers also located a 0.22 caliber pistol. 

The investigation indicated Kirby traveled from Lumberton to Wilmington in order to distribute narcotics. This investigation also revealed Kirby’s involvement in drug trafficking in Wilmington in between July and August of 2021. 


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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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