In an official press release from the Onslow County District Attorney, Ernie Lee a Sneads Ferry man was sentenced to serve a minimum of 70 months and a maximum of 93 months in m multiple drug related charges.
On May 2, 2018, Charles Edgar Pratt was found guilty by a jury in Onslow Superior Court for the offenses of trafficking in opium or heroin by transportation, trafficking in opium or heroin by possession, and possession with intent to sell and deliver methadone. The defendant was represented by Matthew Silva. The State was represented by Assistant District Attorney Walter H. Rodriguez. Judge Charles Henry was the presiding judge. The defendant had previously been convicted of 2nd Degree Murder in West Virginia and Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana in Virginia.
On May 2, 2018 the defendant received an active sentence of a minimum of 80 months and a maximum of 93 months in the NC Department of Adult Correction.
The evidence in this case tended to show the defendant had been selling and delivering methadone and other controlled substances to residents of Sneads Ferry. During the time period of August 2015, a tip was provided to the Onslow County Sheriff’s Department through Detectives Barrera, Fidler and Straughan that the defendant had just arranged by telephone to purchase 60 methadone pills from a person in Pender County at the Lowes near Surf City. The tip provided the description of the vehicle, the description of the defendant, the time of departure, and the route of travel. The Onslow County Sheriff’s Department traveled the route of interception to corroborate the tip and located the defendant in the described vehicle, at the described time, in the described location. Upon stopping the vehicle, the sheriff’s department located a trafficking level of methadone in the defendant’s vehicle in a diabetic strip testing bottle along with over $800 in U.S. Currency.
Onslow County Detective Sgt. Barrera was the lead investigator in the case. I would like to thank the outstanding investigative work of the Onslow County Sheriff’s Drug Enforcement Unit for their work on this case. Strong efforts are being taken by law enforcement and prosecutors in this county to combat the drug trafficking offenses in the Sneads Ferry community.