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Man sentenced in federal drug case

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RALEIGH – A Rocky Mount man has been sentenced to 11 years in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute heroin and crack cocaine.

Matthew Darnell Pittman, 29, who has been convicted of multiple prior drug distribution offenses, was allegedly caught with a gun when he was arrested again in July 2017.

Since Pittman is a career offender, local authorities kicked his case up to federal court, said Don Connelly, public information officer for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Law enforcement agents from the Tar River Regional Drug Task Force, including the Nash County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office and the Rocky Mount Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lucy Brown prosecuted the case.