By Erin Smith
Two Bladen County men entered guilty pleas on Monday in Bladen County Superior Court Criminal Session. One pled guilty to trafficking in heroin while another pled guilty to a shooting.
Monte Williams, of Bladenboro, was sentenced to 90 to 120 months in prison after he pled guilty to one count of trafficking heroin in Bladen County Superior Court. Williams was also ordered to pay a $100,000 fine.
According to Bladen County Assistant District Attorney Quintin McGee, Williams was investigated by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office in the summer of 2018. An undercover purchase from Williams was conducted during the investigation.
“The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office also executed several search warrants on July 26, 2018. These search warrants led to the seizure of approximately 237.5 grams of heroin along with cash and an AK-47. An analysis conducted by the North Carolina State Crime Laboratory found that the heroin was laced with fentanyl,” said McGee.
A second plea was received that involved a 2017 shooting that occurred near Tar Heel. Dyrall Hardy pled guilty to discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, and possession of a firearm by a felon.
Hardy was sentenced to 89 to 119 months active in the NC Department of Corrections.
McGee said the shooting occurred on August 20, 2017 in western Bladen County when a vehicle was being driven along Chickenfoot Road when the driver and his passenger encountered Hardy, according to McGee.
“Once Hardy saw their vehicle, he produced a handgun and fired multiple shots as the car passed by his location. Neither occupant of the vehicle was injured in the shooting and they were able to call 911 to immediately report the crime,” said McGee.
McGee stated once law enforcement responded to the victims’ location, authorities were shown a bullet hole in the rear door on the driver’s side of the car.
“Upon further inspection, law enforcement recovered a projectile that lodged in the rear seat of the victim’s car,” said McGee. “The victims, who both knew Hardy prior to the shooting, identified him to investigators as the shooter. Warrants for Hardy’s arrest were issued and he was taken into custody by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office.”
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