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Five sentenced in longtime Johnston County narcotics ring

Posted September 15, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014

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— Five Johnston County residents were sentenced in federal court Monday for their role in a narcotics ring that operated for over 20 years.

Joanne Session Smith, 57, of Clayton, who prosecutors said was the ring leader, received 14 years. Dwayne May, 47, of Selma, who prosecutors said provided protection, also received 14 years.

Cherie Snead, 40, of Selma, received 5 years. Al Mace, 33, of Smithfield, and Brenda Richardson, 50, of Selma, each received two years. Snead, Mace and Richardson delivered the narcotics, prosecutors said.

The group was convicted of operating a “large scale narcotics ring” in Johnston County between 1990 and 2011 that was responsible for distributing at least 284.415 kilograms of crack and 64.7 grams of cocaine, prosecutors said.


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  • Eric Hammond Sep 16, 2014
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    "Cocaine is classified as a narcotic by the US Controlled Substances Act (CSA)."


    umm, no it is not... but it IS a Schedule 2 controlled substance, just like all narcotics are. The reporter is the one who is in error, there is no such thing as a "trafficking narcotics" charge... it's "trafficking schedule 2 controlled substances". and never mind HOW people paid for the crack/coke(probably with percocets from the local ER - bet the local ER will be filled with mental health/coke detox patients for the next few weeks!

  • Claytonmomof2 Sep 16, 2014

    Glad these people are out of Johnston County! Wonder why it took 20 years to get them?

  • trose4 Sep 16, 2014

    DCATZ- Cocaine is classified as a narcotic by the US Controlled Substances Act (CSA).
    Scientifically it is classified as a stimulant.
    Classifying it as a narcotic to prosecute the illegality of it makes them way more "competent" than you know.

  • jwsawyer Sep 16, 2014

    "352 grams over 20 years is "large scale" now? Too funny."

    There are some among us who really do need to brush up on their metric units.

  • heard-it-all-before Sep 16, 2014

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    kilo with a k

  • ligonmaterial23 Sep 16, 2014

    And they know they did so for 20 years ? Did it take 20 to investigate or did the perps claim they did it for 20 ?

  • Anita Woody Sep 16, 2014

    Donnie Harrison's daughter gets off again?

  • Lionsfn Sep 16, 2014

    284 Kilos of Crack, not 284 grams

  • Lionsfn Sep 16, 2014

    It said 284 KILO's of Crack not 284 grams...

  • Brian Hill Sep 16, 2014
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    Cocaine isn't a narcotic. It is a stimulant. Someone who doesn't know the difference isn't competent to prosecute anything.