A Maiden man and area cocaine dealer was sentenced this week to five years in federal prison for trafficking the drug in Lincoln County two years ago, according to the United States Attorney’s Office in North Carolina’s Western district.
County drug investigators said the now-defunct Sheriff’s Drug Interdiction Criminal Enforcement Team (DICE), in conjunction with Maiden Police Department, stopped Kelly McClain’s vehicle on a county roadway in September 2011.
The 31-year-old was harboring nearly 110 grams of crack cocaine under a floorboard mat in his vehicle at the time.
U.S. District Judge Richard Voorhees handed down McClain’s sentence on Monday, ordering him to 63 months behind bars followed by 48 months of supervised release, federal officials said. His sentence will be served without the possibility of parole.
One year ago this month, a grand jury indicted the defendant on one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (aka crack cocaine).
McClain, who has been in federal custody since March 2012, not only admitted in court proceedings that the cocaine deputies seized from his vehicle belonged to him but that he had served as a supplier for other users in and around the county.