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Prescription drug dealer gets 18+ years in prison

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WILLIAMSTON, N.C. - A man accused of trafficking opium has been convicted by a jury.

It happened Wednesday.

Now, William Henry James, Jr. is facing 18-23 years in prison and a fine in the amount of $100,000.

Deputies say they arrested James on June 4, 2012 during a narcotics related operation on Union Town Road in Jamesville. Evidence presented in the trial showed officers approached James while engaged in a drug transaction from his vehicle. When the approached, James’ vehicle sped away. They pursued, during which time James discarded out his window several unmarked prescription pill bottles. An analysis of the 65 pills revealed more than 28 grams of Oxycodone, which is an opium derivative classified as a schedule II controlled substance.

Martin County Sheriff Dan Gibbs, along with District Attorney Seth Edwards, say they're pleased with the jury’s verdict and the court’s sentence.

“I commend the work of the Narcotics Unit to eradicate one more drug dealer from Martin County,” said Edwards. “These pill cases are ever increasing, and pose a great danger to the law abiding citizens in our area, and our teenagers and young adults in particular. And I’m thankful these officers have not given up on this so called war.”  
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