A Havelock man will serve at least 6½ years in prison for his crime as a drug dealer and habitual felon.
According to the district attorney’s office, Desmond Rashaun Bennett, 28, pleaded guilty to several felony drug offenses before Superior Court Judge J. Kent Harrell.
Assistant DA Chekesha Hukins and the Havelock police investigated.
On July 6, 2016, Carteret County deputies observed Bennett completing a drug transaction and requested his vehicle in which he was a passenger be stopped as a result.
The car was driven by Kendra Lawrence, who was driving erratically. After the stop, Bennett admitted to having needles and other paraphernalia in his pants. He was also found with heroin in a gum wrapper and in his shoes. He also had a bag of heroin and a bag of cocaine, along with the buy money that was tracked by Carteret investigators.
Bennett was at the time on probation for an earlier Carteret County conviction. A subsequent probation search found methamphetamine, heroin and buprenorphine strips in his home, along with needles scattered across the floor. Another person in his residence was also charged.
Bennett pleaded guilty to possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin and cocaine, possession of methamphetamine, enhanced possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine. He had three prior felony convictions.
He was sentenced to a minimum of 6 years and 8 months, and a maximum of 9 years. He was also ordered to pay attorney fees, laboratory fees, and court costs.
Probation violation hearings are pending for him in Carteret County as well, which could result in additional prison time.