Wilmington man gets 12 years for dealing crack cocaine

Antonio Pierre Shufford (Wilmington Police Department)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man will spend 12 years in prison after spending five years under supervised release for dealing crack cocaine.

Antonio Pierre Shufford, 38, was sentenced in a federal court on Friday to 144 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release. Shufford was indicted on nine counts in January. In April, he pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute.

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In February of 2015, investigators searched Shufford and six residences which resulted in the seizure of cash, cocaine, and crack cocaine. The search of another residence and car used by Shufford resulted in the seizure of 152.53 grams of crack cocaine, more than 1600 grams of liquid oxycodone, and more oxycodone mixed with other liquids.

Through the investigation, law enforcement determined Shufford was responsible for the distribution of over 1,900 grams of cocaine between May 2009 and March 2017. He was determined to be a “career offender.”

Agencies that conducted the investigation were the Wilmington FBI Coastal Carolina Criminal Enterprise Task Force, New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, the Wilmington Police Department, and the North Carolina SBI.