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Two Pitt County men sentenced to federal prison

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The Daily Reflector

Saturday, September 8, 2018

A Farmville man was sentenced to five year prison for drug trafficking and a Greenville received a seven-year sentence for felony firearm possession, according to recent federal court rulings.  

Chief United States District Court Judge  James C. Denver III on Thursday sentenced Niki Hosea Joyner, 45, of Farmville to five years in prison followed by five years of supervised release on cocaine trafficking charges.  

Joyner was named in an eight-count indictment filed on January 19, charging him with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.

On April 2, 2018, Joyner pled guilty to the conspiracy charge. According to the investigation, between December 2015 and February 2016, Joyner

conspired with others and distributed 374.23 grams of cocaine.  On February 29, 2016, shortly after selling 123.64 grams of cocaine, officers arrested Joyner.

Subsequent searches of Joyner, his vehicle, and two residences revealed 1,023.11 grams of cocaine, 126.9 grams of marijuana, and more than $6,000 in U.S. currency. 

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Greenville Regional Drug Task Force.

Preston Bullock, 40, of Greenville was sentenced by Denver to seven years in prison followed by three years of supervised release. 

According to the news release, Pinetops Police Department arrested and charged Bullock after he threatened a female with a firearm and then ran down the street and hid next to an occupied car. 

Bullock was named in a one-count indictment on January 10. On May 29, 2018, he pleaded guilty to felon in possession of a firearm.

On June 11, 2017, officers with the Pinetops Police Department received a call regarding a domestic dispute with a woman and the woman said Bullock had threatened her with a firearm.

When officers arrived at the home, Bullock was observed running down the street and hiding next to an occupied car. Officers approached the vehicle, spoke with the occupants in the vehicle, instructed them to exit. Bullock placed a handgun inside his waistband and was arrested.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make neighborhoods safer.

This case is part of the United States Attorney’s Office’s Take Back North Carolina Initiative. This initiative emphasizes the regional assignment of federal prosecutors to work with law enforcement and District Attorney’s Offices on a sustained basis in those communities to reduce the violent crime rate, drug trafficking, and crimes against law enforcement.  

The investigation of this case was conducted by the Pinetops Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Assistant United States Attorney S. Katherine Burnette handled the prosecution of this case for the government.

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