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Former Burgaw officer sentenced in drug case

Source: Richmond County Sheriff's Office Source: Richmond County Sheriff's Office

Posted by Scott Saxton - email

RALEIGH, NC (WECT) - A former police officer in the town of Burgaw will spend at least ten years in prison after being sentenced on federal drug charges.

Michael Carl Stevenson, 46 from Wilmington, was sentenced to 121 months this week.

Stevenson was found guilty last December of conspiring to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. 

This all started in November 2007 during an investigation by the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office.  Deputies learned Robert Ed Beatty, Jr., who had served time in a state prison on drug charges, was planning to come to Richmond County to buy a half kilo of cocaine along with Stevenson and his uncle, James Patterson.  All three were arrested during a controlled buy.  At that time, Stevenson was an officer with the Burgaw Police Department.

Prosecutors say Stevenson rented a car in Wilmington to travel to the buy with the other two.  The investigation found that three Narco kits were found inside the rental vehicle to test the drugs and that Stevenson ran the license plate of the other vehicle they met at the buy.

Testimony at the trial revealed that Stevenson once stored narcotics for Beatty at his home and profited from it. 

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