Ahoskie Man Going To Prison For Drugs

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An Ahoskie man that undercover agents bought cocaine from three times in one week in 2009 is now headed to prison. The US District Attorney's Office says Wayne Simmons has been sentenced to 17 years in prison.

Simmons pleaded guilty last year to distributing cocaine. He was deemed a career offender, and thus received an enhanced sentencing.

The arrest of Simmons was part of Operation "Wildfire," a crackdown on drugs and organized crime run by the Hertford County Sheriff's Office and the FBI. Prosecutors say Simmons and his associates have been "significant distributors of cocaine" in the
Hertford County area for many years.