A Bertie County man who was a major drug trafficker in the region has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison for trafficking cocaine, cocaine base, and methamphetamine and conspiring to commit money laundering in northeastern North Carolina.
According to court documents and other information presented in court, Levar Anthony Leary, 41, organized and led a drug trafficking organization from 2016 to early 2021, that was responsible for distributing cocaine, cocaine base (crack), methamphetamine, heroin, and marijuana throughout northeastern North Carolina.
Leary and his associates used a hotel, nightclub, and convenience store in Bertie County as locations to distribute narcotics and launder money.
Using surveillance and technical investigative tools, agents were able to track and observe Leary travel all over the country, including California, Texas, Florida, and Georgia, in order to obtain large quantities of drugs and return to North Carolina.
A number of Leary’s associates have been convicted and sentenced: Johnny Earl Jordan (72 months); Fred Rudolph Robbins, Jr. (90 months); and Alexander Leander Williams, Jr. (132 months).
As a result of the investigation, law enforcement has seized numerous vehicles and properties used to conceal the profits of this illegal activity as well as recovered multiple firearms and additional narcotics.
Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement Wednesday after sentencing by U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation; and the State Bureau of Investigation investigated the case.
They were assisted by the United States Marshals Service; Joseph K. Roberts, Department of Justice Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Financial Investigations Section; the Bertie County Sheriff’s Office; Chowan County Sheriff’s Office; the Dare County Sheriff’s Office; the Hertford County Sheriff’s Office; the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office; the Perquimans County Sheriff’s Office; and the Elizabeth City Police Department.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Nick J. Miller prosecuted the case.