RALEIGH, NC — A Havelock man was sentenced to 180 months in prison for trafficking fentanyl and heroin from June 2017 to July 10, 2019. On March 29, 2021, Michael Lamar Hill pleaded guilty to the charges.

According to Chief Chris Morning of the Havelock Police Department, this sentencing represents “a small victory for the citizens of Havelock and surrounding counties. The war on drugs may never be won, but with strong partnerships between local, state and federal agencies, we can make a difference in our community, one conviction at a time.

According to court documents and other information presented in court, Hill, who was convicted of federal drug trafficking and a felony with a firearm in 2012, was released from federal prison in April 2017, to begin a period of probation of five years. Once back in the community, Hill soon started dealing fentanyl and heroin and also opened a business named Havelock Super Tire Store. Hill used the drug proceeds as seed capital to fund the opening of his business. Hill also used its fentanyl supply as a way to secure an inventory of new tires. Specifically, Hill said he would pay one gram of fentanyl for every pair of new tires, which his drug users would then steal from local businesses. Hill also used Havelock Super Tire Store to store and distribute fentanyl, heroin, and cocaine. Hill assigned a store employee to help distribute the drugs.

In 2018 and 2019, the Havelock Police Department made numerous controlled purchases of fentanyl from Hill, both directly and through his employee. On July 10, 2019, the Havelock Police Department and the DEA conducted a search of the Havelock Super Tire Store and recovered 161 grams of fentanyl and 267 grams of cocaine. A search of Hill’s car resulted in the seizure of $10,000 in cash, a Rolex watch and vehicle titles with a total value of over $85,000. Judge Boyle sentenced Hill to 144 months for the new criminal conduct and 36 months for the probation violation, to be served consecutively for a total sentence of 180 months.

Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, made the announcement following sentencing by U.S. District Judge Terrence W. Boyle. The Havelock Police Department, Carteret County Sheriff’s Department, DEA Wilmington Resident Office investigated the case, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Dennis M. Duffy and Lucy Brown prosecuted the case.

Court documents and related information can be found on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina website or on PACER by searching for Case #2: 21-CR-00018-BO.

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