Roberson sentenced to 10 years

Published 12:51 am Friday, August 12, 2011

In federal court Wednesday, United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced Eric Lamont Roberson, 30, of Washington, to 120 months’ imprisonment followed by five years’ supervised release.

A federal grand jury returned a criminal indictment on Feb. 16 charging Roberson with two counts of possessing with the intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime.

On April 26, Roberson pled guilty to the charges.

According to an investigation, from 2008 to 2009, Roberson distributed quantities of cocaine and crack cocaine in eastern North Carolina. From controlled purchases and seizures, it is estimated Roberson sold approximately 8,034.36 grams of cocaine, 70.87 grams of crack cocaine and 1.2 grams of marijuana during this time period.

The investigation further revealed that on Jan. 13, 2009, law enforcement found Roberson to be in possession of 7 grams of cocaine, a .45-caliber pistol and $2,780.

On Nov. 3, 2009, law enforcement attempted a traffic stop of the vehicle being driven by Roberson. As he tried to make his escape, Roberson collided with several law-enforcement vehicles. Roberson was apprehended during a foot chase. Officers found 114 grams of cocaine on Roberson.