Sharpsburg man sentenced on drug charges

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A Sharpsburg man will spend nearly a decade in federal prison after prosecutors say he sold heroin and cocaine in Wilson County.

On Wednesday, Chief U.S. District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced 28-year-old Rashon Deshay McNeil to eight years in prison followed by three years of supervised release.

McNeil, who was indicted in December 2018 on drug-related charges, pleaded guilty to four courts of distribution of a quantity of heroin and distribution of a quantity of cocaine in February, according to officials.

McNeil distributed heroin and cocaine in Wilson County, officials said. Law enforcement used an informant to make controlled drug buys directly from McNeil, according to federal prosecutors.

On Nov. 5, 2018, McNeil was arrested on related state charges where officials say he had crack, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, including two digital scales.

The case is part of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Take Back North Carolina Initiative, which emphasizes the regional assignment of federal prosecutors to work with law enforcement and district attorneys’ offices to reduce the violent crime rate, drug trafficking and crimes against law enforcement, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

The State Bureau of Investigation, Wilson County Sheriff’s Office and Wilson Police Department investigated the case.