Drug Trafficker Pleads Guilty, Faces Life In Prison And $4 Million Fine

An Eastern Carolina man who pleaded guilty in federal court to drug and other charges faces life in prison and up to a $4 million fine.

Calvin Garner Jr., who is also known as "Spoke," is from Roanoke Rapids.

He's been in federal custody since his arrest in October 2010.

Officials say Garner's drug trafficking goes back to 1989, and that Garner has sold an estimated 44 kilograms of cocaine powder between 1995 and 2004 for approximately $1.25 million dollars.

According to officials, "investigators also learned that Garner's drug trafficking organization obtained large quantities of cocaine from Texas, Florida, Georgia, and Louisiana utilizing vehicles with hidden compartments that could carry at least twenty kilograms of cocaine per trip."

They also say Garner filed just one tax return between 2002 and 2008, in which he reported an adjusted gross income of $2,500 in 2007. They say during that time, he made numerous large, cash expenditures on items that included a new 2003 H2 Hummer for more than $60,000, drag racing motorcycles and cars, a floor stripping machine for more than $25,000, a 1994 Fleetwood Coronado Motorhome for $17,760. They also report Garner purchased $28,600 in casino chips at a casino in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2007.

Officials say Garner used numerous businesses to launder his drug proceeds, including “Rush Entertainment,” “Roanoke Valley Investors,” and “Kalyb’s Carpet & Tile,” which they say is named after his son.

Garner pleaded guilty before guilty before United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle in federal court in Elizabeth City. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (crack) and 5 kilograms of cocaine powder and conspiracy to commit money

Officials report this case was part of "Operation Burnout," an investigation being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigative Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, and the Halifax and Nash County Sheriff’s Offices. Officials say approximately 35 individuals have been federally prosecuted as part of this investigation.

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