A Carteret County man convicted of cocaine trafficking will serve more than 20 years in federal prison, and three others now face charges in connection with the investigation.
Jason Andrew Embry, 30, of 133 Silver Hill Road, Newport, pleaded guilty to distributing and possessing with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine and a quantity of crack cocaine, a Schedule II controlled substance. He was sentenced Oct. 1 in federal court in Wilmington to 21 years and 8 months in prison for trafficking as a high-level distributor of cocaine in Eastern North Carolina, authorities said.
Embry’s conviction was the result of a case involving the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office, Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office and agents from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Wilmington, according to a release from the Carteret sheriff’s office.
Since Embry’s sentencing, the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office has closed out an undercover narcotics investigation that led to the arrest of three suspects associated with Embry, including his mother, the release said.
Dennis Franklin Graham Sr., 59, of 264 Carl Garner Road, Newport, was arrested Oct. 15 and charged with three counts each of selling and delivering cocaine; two counts of maintaining a dwelling for drug activity; and conspiring to sell and deliver cocaine.
He was placed in the Carteret County Jail under a $20,000 bond and later released. His next court date is scheduled for Dec. 13.
Vickie Frazier Embry, 52, and Jeffrey Allen Parmley, 59, who also reside at 133 Silver Hill Road, Newport, also face charges.
Vickie Embry, Jason Embry’s mother, was arrested Oct. 14 by the sheriff’s office on charges of conspiring to sell and deliver cocaine; selling and delivering cocaine; possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine; and maintaining a dwelling.
She was released from the Carteret County Jail under a $7,500. Her next court date is scheduled for Nov. 11.
Parmley was arrested Oct. 18 and charged with conspiring to sell and deliver cocaine and released from the jail under a $3,000 bond. His is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 13.