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Kenly, Selma men sentenced on federal meth charges

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Two Johnston County men will spend several years in federal prison after prosecutors say they distributed a large amount of crystal methamphetamine in 2017.

U.S. District Judge Louise Flanagan sentenced 30-year-old Robert Manley Narron of Kenly to nearly eight years in prison and handed down a 19-year sentence to 34-year-old Reyes Juarez Perez of Selma during a June 28 hearing in a New Bern federal courtroom. Narron and Perez are each subject to five years of supervised release following their prison terms.

Officials said their prosecution was a part of an Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force operation that’s focused on meth manufacturers and distributors in Johnston County.

Perez received a sentencing enhancement for maintaining a premises for the purpose of storing and/or distributing a controlled substance during the time of the drug conspiracy, officials said.

Perez served as a supplier of crystal meth and supplied Narron with the drugs, which were distributed in Johnston County, according to Don Connelly, spokesman for U.S. Attorney Robert Higdon.

Narron and Perez sold more than 200 grams (7 ounces) of crystal meth to a confidential source working with law enforcement, prosecutors said.

Johnston County sheriff’s deputies arrested Narron and searched his home where they found crystal meth, ammunition and burnt aluminum strips, officials said.

Deputies arrested Perez and searched his home where they discovered three handguns, one of which was stolen, two rifles, ammunition and seven cellphones in Perez’s bedroom, Connelly said.

Authorities also found more than $34,000 in another room, more than a kilogram of crystal meth and nearly 500 grams (1 pound, 1.6 ounces) of cocaine, prosecutors said.

A small child also notified officers of a plastic bag in the kitchen containing 12.48 grams of cocaine, officials said.

Both men were indicted on charges including conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of meth from Feb. 7, 2017 until Sept. 9, 2017; distribution of 50 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of meth and aiding and abetting.

Narron was also charged with possession with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of meth and a quantity of cocaine and possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Narron pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charge in April 2017, while Perez pleaded guilty to all charges in January.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and Johnston County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case.

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