Lottery winner’s fiancé pleads guilty to drug trafficking

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The fiancé of the woman who won the Powerball jackpot early last year is heading to prison after pleading guilty to drug trafficking Wednesday.

Lamarr McDow, 32, who goes by the street name “Hot Sauce” was one of three suspects arrested in November 2014 as part of a year-long investigation. He was charged with crimes including trafficking heroin and possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin. The investigation stemmed from an incident in July in the Shallotte area when more than 8,000 bags of heroin was seized.

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McDow entered a plea deal Wednesday and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to traffic heroin.

Assistant District Attorney Chris Thomas said McDow was a part of a conspiracy to transport more than 8,000 bindles of heroin from New Jersey to Brunswick County. He said this is not a war on drugs users. It is a war on drug dealers and McDow was a part of that.

“This week, I’ve dismissed several cases where people were charged with possessing heroin who were addicts who are now deceased and didn’t even make it to court, because they couldn’t get the help that they needed,” Thomas said. “Mr. McDow brought 9,800 bindles of heroin to Brunswick County and that’s a lot of heroin, so we’re hoping this sends a message.”



McDow is sentenced to 7.5 years to 10 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.

“If someone gets caught selling that poison in Brunswick County, there is going to be a severe penalty,” Thomas said.

In December, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said deputies arrested McDow for violating his pre-trial release for previous drug-related charges.

McDow was arrested other times before and after that.

Prosecutors said McDow is the fiance of Marie Holmes, the Shallotte mother who won $188 million in the Powerball drawing last winter.

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