Career criminal gets 15 years for heroin, gun crimes

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man will spend 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to drug and gun charges.

A federal judge today handed down the sentence for Kevin Broadwater, 44, who pleaded guilty earlier this year to heroin distribution and possession of a firearm and ammunition by a felon.

Wilmington Police served a search warrant at Broadwater’s home on March 21, 2014, after they’d made a couple of drug buys from him. While they were there, Broadwater drove up with a woman, and detectives asked him to get out of his car. Instead he locked himself inside and tried to ingest heroin. Officers broke out the rear window to get into the car and get Broadwater, who dropped three bindles of heroin in the process. During their search police also found a .32 caliber gun and ammo in a dresser.

Broadwater admitted he’d be selling drugs and had bought the gun from a neighbor for $100.

Prosecutors say due to Broadwater’s extensive criminal history, he was designated as an Armed Career Criminal. The NC Department of Public Safety website shows Broadwater had already served nearly a decade in prison for crimes including assault, indecent exposure, drug possession, larceny, breaking and entering and worthless checks.

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