A Durham man has been sentenced in connection to a counterfeiting and drug dealing ring uncovered in Duplin County.
According to the Unites States Attorney General On Thursday Petera Carlton was sentenced to 24 years behind bars.
Carlton was first arrested after Duplin County officers raided a home in Faison back in 2008. Inside the residence, officers discovered large quantities of evidence of counterfeiting of United States Federal Reserve Notes, as well as evidence linking the residence to credit card fraud, and aggravated identity theft. Officers also discovered approximately ½ kilogram of cocaine.
Authorities discovered those living inside had been committing credit card fraud, aggravated identity theft, and were manufacturing counterfeit currency.
Officials say the currency was being produced to rip off a Mexican drug dealer. During the drug exchange authorities say Petera Carlton pulled out a gun and fired at the drug dealer plus stole a bag of his cocaine.
Carlton’s guilty plea was the last in connection with the
counterfeiting, identity theft, drug, and gun charges arising out of the search of the residence in Faison.
Five other people have previously been charged in connection with this incident.