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Five sentenced in longtime Johnston County narcotics ring

Posted September 15, 2014 9:07 p.m. EDT
Updated September 16, 2014 6:24 a.m. EDT

— 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.