A Havelock man is facing half a century or more in prison after his jury conviction of trafficking in heroin and being a habitual felon.
Michael Eugene Bradley, 38, was sentenced to 49 1/2 to 62 1/2 years in prison by Superior Court Judge Ben Alford after his conviction on charges of trafficking in heroin by possession; trafficking in heroin by manufacture; possession of a firearm by a felon; maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances; possession of less than 1/2 ounce of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia; and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.
Havelock Police narcotics investigator James Henderson, assisted by the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office and the Morehead City Police Department, executed a search warrant on Bradley’s residence in December of 2015, according to a release from the district attorney's office. At the time, Bradley was encountered entering the mobile home park and attempted to flee in his vehicle. He was arrested shortly afterwards and taken to his home for the search.
Investigators found a vacuum-sealed package containing 55 grams of heroin, two loaded firearms, and $9,000 in cash in an open safe, according to the release.
They also found “cutting” agents used to dilute heroin, a multi-function bill counter, and unused wax paper packaging identical to that containing heroin purchased from him earlier in undercover actions. Bradley also had an additional $1,300 in his wallet, according to the release.
In addition to his time, Bradley was imposed a $500,000 fine, court costs and attorney feels. All the money seized was turned over to the NC Department of Revenue.
“Drug dealers are a threat to our communities and we treat them as such,” District Attorney Scott Thomas said in a statement. “This prosecution represents our ongoing effort to investigate, arrest and prosecute heroin traffickers.”
Assistant District Attorney Chekesha Hukins prosecuted the case.