Man pleads to heroin distribution; 15 others convicted

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A  New Bern man pleaded guilty Tuesday to distributing more than 1,000 grams of heroin, the latest conviction in a drug bust that netted 15 additional convictions.

The United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. said that Calvin M. Wilson, 34, of New Bern, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 1,000 grams or more of heroin and a quantity of marijuana.

After a multi-year investigation by the New Bern Police Department into a heroin trafficking ring operating in and around New Bern, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives obtained authorization for a federal wiretap of cellular phones associated with Wilson and two other individuals.

As a result, agents intercepted calls and texts over a three-month period in 2017 showing that Wilson was directing the supply and distribution of kilogram-levels of heroin from New York to New Bern.

Based on intercepted calls, agents arrested Wilson and two other individuals traveling back from New York with three pounds of marijuana and seven bars of heroin cutting agent.

Calls intercepted after that arrest showed that Wilson had lost as much as $30,000 on that day alone based on law enforcement’s actions.

Wilson was arrested on his federal charges in October 2017.

Investigators searched Wilson’s phone, which showed that he was making the arrangements for the resupply of hundreds of grams of heroin at a time from his New York sources of supply and then distributing that heroin to street level dealers in New Bern.

Wilson faces not less than 20 years in prison and up to $10,000,000 in fines.

The multi-year investigation led to the federal convictions of 16 defendants for drug and gun charges.

The defendants were arrested on the following charges:

Dwayne L. Stallings, aka ‘Smiley”, 35, of Cove City, was convicted with possession of a firearm by a felon and was sentenced to 9 years in prison.

Nassar T. Mack, 37, of New Bern, was convicted of possession of a firearm by a felon and was sentenced to 2 years in prison.

Damien L. Brown, aka “Dame”, 36, of New Bern, was convicted in August 2018 of conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, and possession of a firearm by a felon. He faces not less than 10 years and up to life in prison.

Derrick L. Davis, aka “Gucci”, 35, of Kinston, was convicted of conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin. He faces not less than 5 years and up to 40 years in prison.

Walter N. Green III, 21, of New Bern, was convicted of distribution of a quantity of heroin and faces up to 30 years in prison.

Mario C. Bargneare, aka “Rio”, 39, of New Bern, was convicted of conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin and discharging a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. He faces not less than 15 years and up to life in prison.

Willie Frank James Ahern, aka “White, White Bread, Dribs”, 39, of Bayboro, was convicted of conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute a quantity of heroin and several instances of distributing quantities of heroin. He faces up to life in prison.

Derek J. Wiggins, aka “DJ”, 38, of New Bern, was convicted of conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute a quantity of heroin, several counts of distributing heroin, and possession of a firearm by a felon. He faces up to life in prison.

Roy J. Nolon, aka “Henny”, 21, of New Bern, was convicted of conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute a quantity of heroin and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. He faces not less than 5 years in prison.

Michael Velasquez, aka “Moo Moo”, 23, of New Bern, was convicted of conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute a quantity of heroin and possession with intent to distribute a quantity of heroin. He faces up to life in prison.

Lamar Wiggins, aka “LB”, 39, of New Bern, was convicted of conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute a quantity of heroin and possession of a firearm by a felon. He faces up to 30 years in prison.

Lashawnna McCotter, aka “Flossy”, 47, of New Bern, was convicted of conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute a quantity of heroin and possession with intent to distribute a quantity of marijuana. She faces up to 25 years in prison.

Latreka Hardesty, aka “T”, 27, of New Bern, was convicted of conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute a quantity of heroin. She faces up to 20 years in prison.

Adrienne Hall, 35, of New Bern, was convicted of conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute a quantity of heroin. She faces up to 20 years in prison.

Caroline Hughes, 28, of Alliance, was convicted of conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute a quantity of heroin. She faces up to 20 years in prison.

The investigation led to 8 individuals being charged by the state for drug offenses.

The charges remain pending.

The investigation was part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Operation 190.

OCDETF is a joint federal, state, and local cooperative approach to combat drug trafficking and is the nation’s primary tool for disrupting and dismantling major drug trafficking organizations, targeting national and regional level drug trafficking organizations, and coordinating the necessary law enforcement entities and resources to disrupt or dismantle the targeted criminal organization and seize their assets.

The investigation of this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, the New Bern Police Department, the Jacksonville Police Department, the Craven County Sheriff’s Office, the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office, the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office, the Trent Woods Police Department, the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office, the Morehead City Police Department, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Drug Enforcement Administration. 

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