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St. Pauls man sentenced to eight years for drug distribution

RALEIGH – A St. Pauls man was sentenced Thursday to eight years in federal prison followed by four years of supervised release after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina announced.

Stanley Jamar Ragin, 46, plead guilty in January to two counts on a three-count indictment, a news released said.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, Ragin was under investigation beginning in 2016 after reports that he was a large-scale heroin supplier in the Fayetteville area.

On Dec. 19, 2016, law enforcement officers bought 27.51 grams of heroin from Ragin for $1,700 and three days later, agents purchased 26.89 grams of heroin from him for $1,870, the news release said.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office also said that agents interviewed witnesses who said that Ragin had been actively selling heroin from at least 2014. One witness had repeatedly received large amounts of heroin from Ragin, which the witness then further distributed to others, according to the news release. In total, Ragin was held accountable for between 400 and 700 grams of heroin.

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