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Case Number: 7:20-cr-00193-M-1
Judge: Richard E. Myers, III
Court: United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina (New Hanover County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office
Description: Wilmington, North Carolina criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. On May 3, 2021, Patrick Warren Privette pled guilty to the charges.
On October 15, 2020, officers with the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at Patrick Privette’s residence after learning he supplied drugs to an individual which led to an overdose. Inside the defendant’s bedroom, officers located a quantity of fentanyl, and approximately 50 prescription pills. Inside an air vent near the nightstand, officers recovered a Walther .380, model PK380, semi-automatic handgun. Officers arrested Privette and transported him to the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office where he waived his Miranda rights and gave a statement. Privette stated that the drugs found in the house were his and that he had been dealing heroin and fentanyl. He also admitted to possessing the gun and needing it for protection. Privette is also a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing firearms. Another witness confirmed that Privette had been dealing fentanyl for months.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Chad E. Rhoades prosecuted the case.
Possess With the Intent to Distribute a Quantity of a Mixture and Substance Containing N-phenyl-N-[1-(2-phenylethyl)-4-piperidinyl] propenamide (Fentanyl)
Outcome: Bureau of Prisons - 100 months consecutive - Supervised Release - 3 years concurrent with special conditions imposed - Special Assessment - $100.00 due in full immediately - Recommendations by the Court: Receive intensive substance abuse treatment - Vocational and educational opportunities - Place of incarceration at a facility close to family