New Hanover County man sentenced to federal prison for trafficking crack, cocaine

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A New Hanover County man will spend nearly a dozen years in prison after pleading guilty to drug crimes.

On April 21, 2015, Wilmington Police and ATF got information that Tony McNeil had just completed a drug deal in Pender County. When officers pulled him over on his way home to New Hanover County, they say they found a a loaded handgun and $6,000 in cash in his car.

Between April 23 and May 12, 2015, law enforcement bought more than 300 grams of crack cocaine from McNeil, including three purchases in Sampson County and one in New Hanover County. Investigators say McNeil was responsible for distributing more than 1.5 kilograms of cocaine and 300 grams of crack in April and May 2015.

McNeil, 28, pleaded guilty in October to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 280 grams or more of crack and a quantity of cocaine and distribution of 28 grams or more of crack, according to the US Attorney’s Office.

Today a judge sentenced McNeil to 11 years, three months in prison followed by five years supervised probation.

Categories: Local, New Hanover, Pender

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