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Pitt County man sentenced for drug trafficking

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Friday, December 15, 2017

A Greenville man, who previously served about 14 years in prison for second degree murder, was sentenced in federal court on Thursday for drug trafficking.

Richard Lenzy, 41, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to eight years and four months in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine and a quantity cocaine base and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He pleaded guilty to the two charges on Aug. 15, 2017.

When he is released from the Bureau of Prisons, Lenzy will be on supervised probation for four years, according to a news release from the office of U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina Robert Higdon Jr.

On Nov. 5, 2013, the Greenville Regional Drug Task Force used a confidential informant to buy 22.48 grams of crack cocaine from two other drug traffickers in Greenville. Officers saw the two traffickers meet with Lenzy at a convenience store prior to the purchase, during which Lenzy supplied the crack cocaine, the news release said.

On the same day, officers received consent from Lenzy’s girlfriend to search their residence. During the search, officers seized 67.23 grams of cocaine, a loaded .45 caliber handgun and $1,500. After his arrested, Lenzy admitted to buying 4.5 ounces of cocaine three times and five ounces of cocaine once. 

Lenzy also admitted to converting an ounce of cocaine into crack cocaine that was sold to the informant, the release said.

On June 23, 2015, Lenzy sold 3.4 grams of cocaine to a confidential informant working at the direction of the Greenville Regioinal Task Force, and on July 8, 2015, Lenzy sold 13.9 grams of cocaine to the informant.

On the same day, the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office obtained and executed a search warrant for Lenzy’s motel room in Greenville. During the search, deputies seized 10 grams of crack cocaine, 158 grams of marijuana and 25 pills of Desoxyn, a methamphetamine, $7,972.31, a loaded 9 mm handgun, digital scales and drug paraphernalia.

Lenzy was prohibited from possessing a firearm because of the 1998 murder conviction.

The Greenville Regional Drug Task Force, the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation that led to the charges. The case was then turned over to federal authorities for prosecution.

Special Assistant United States Attorney Glenn Perry handled the prosecution. He is a prosecutor with the Pitt County District Attorney’s Office, and was assigned to the U.S. Attorney’s Office by Pitt County District Attorney Kimberly Robb.

In 1998, Lenzy was convicted in Pitt County of second-degree murder for a murder committed in Aug. 1996. He was released from state prison after serving that sentence on Nov. 24, 2010.

On May 15, 2012, Lenzy was charged with driving while impaired in Pitt County and received a suspended sentenced on May 5, 2014, and according to court documents, he pleaded guilty to two DWI charges in Pitt County on Aug. 7, 2017.

Lenzy began using alcohol and marijuana at the age of 15, and got his first of four DWI offenses when he was 18, according to a court document submitted by his attorney. Although he dropped out of high school, he earned his GED and was attending barber school at the time of his arrest on the drug charges.

At the request of his attorney, Judge James C. Dever III ordered that he receive intensive substance abuse treatment and vocational and educational opportunities while he is in prison. He is to be incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institution at Butner.



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