NEW BERN, N.C. (WECT) - A Shallotte man will spend over five years in prison on federal drug and firearm charges, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of North Carolina.
Anthony Junior Bell, 50, was sentenced on Wednesday after previously pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine and 28 grams or more of cocaine base (crack), possession with intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine and 28 grams or more of cocaine base (crack), and possession of a firearm by a felon.
On December 18, 2018, investigators with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office performed a traffic stop of a vehicle occupied by Bell. A child was seated in the back seat next to Bell. A K-9 unit provided a positive alert to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle.
Investigators seized a set of brass knuckles, 34.38 grams of cocaine base (crack), and 15.89 grams of cocaine from Bell.
Bell admitted that over the prior six months, he had distributed approximately one kilogram of cocaine in the area. Bell also admitted that he had a firearm at his residence in Shallotte. Agents went to that residence and seized a .38 caliber handgun.
Bell had previously been convicted of a crime punishable by more than one year imprisonment, and so he was prohibited from possessing firearms.
On March 29, 2019, Bell was arrested. As he was being processed at the Brunswick County Detention Center, Bell removed 0.81 grams of heroin from his pants pocket and attempted to hide it by dropping it behind a computer at the intake desk.