Clayton Man Sentenced for Federal Drug and Firearms Crimes

RALEIGH, N.C. – A Clayton man was sentenced yesterday to 123 months in prison for Possessing with the Intent to Distribute Cocaine Base (“Crack”) and Cocaine, Possession of Firearms in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime, and Felon in Possession of Firearms.  On February 18, 2021, Gregory Tobaris Brantley pled guilty to the charges.

According to court documents and other information presented in court, Brantley, 39, maintained a dwelling for purposes of drug distribution in Johnston County.  North Carolina Probation and Parole Officers, assisted by the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office, conducted a probation search of Brantley’s residence in Clayton on July 10, 2020.  During the search, officers recovered: a loaded .357 revolver; a 12-gauge shotgun; several boxes of 12-gauge ammunition; eight 15mg morphine pills; 72.66 grams of cocaine; 26.92 grams of crack cocaine (which was prepackaged for sale); digital scales and other indicia of drug distribution; and $587 in U.S. currency.

G. Norman Acker, III, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Terrence W. Boyle. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, North Carolina Probation and Parole, and Johnston County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney David Fitzgerald  prosecuted the case.

Related court documents and information can be found on the website of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina or on PACER by searching for Case No. 7:20-CR-196-BO.

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