A two-day jury trial has ended with the conviction of a Havelock man on drug trafficking charges.
Kareen Ramel Elliott, 39, was convicted of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana. He was also convicted as a habitual felon. Superior Court John Nobles sentenced Elliott to 13 to 17 and a half years in prison.
Assistant District Attorney Karen Hobbs was prosecutor.
According to testimony in court, Detective Kilgore of the Havelock police department was assisting probation/parole officers when they searched Elliott’s apartment.
Elliott, seeing the officers, turned and began to walk away, ignoring calls to stop. The officers stopped him and, during a frisk for weapons, found marijuana, cocaine, cash and two cell phones on him.
A search on the phone revealed messages and other information showing he had been engaged in the sale of numerous illegal drugs, including cocaine.
His prior record includes convictions on burglary, sale of cocaine, possession of controlled substances in jail, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.