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Roanoke Rapids man sentenced for drug trafficking

Posted October 30, 2009 4:34 p.m. EDT

— A Roanoke Rapids man has been sentenced to 11 years in federal prison for cocaine trafficking, according to U.S. Attorney George E.B. Holding.

Angelo Wayne Patterson, 33, was sentenced Oct. 23 to 132 months in prison for distributing 50 grams or more of crack cocaine on Dec. 23, 2008.

Patterson pleaded guilty on July 6.

An investigation, led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Narcotics Unit of the Halifax County sheriff’s office, showed Patterson had been involved in distributing cocaine powder and crack cocaine since as early as 2003.

Patterson was arrested after authorities said he sold 53.9 grams of crack cocaine in exchange for $2,000 on Dec.18, 2008, and 57.8 grams of crack cocaine in exchange for another $2,000 on December 23, 2008. Weeks after these sales, authorities arrested Patterson, who was in possession of a loaded .45 caliber firearm and $3,497.