Pair Face Possible Life Sentences For Dog Fighting

Two Elizabeth City men will be sentenced this summer after pleading guilty to federal charges of using the money from crack cocaine sales to pay for a dogfighting operation.

37-year-old Maurice Baum and 35-year-old Desmond White pleaded guilty to crack cocaine charges. Baum also pleaded to charges involving the possession and distribution of powder cocaine.

Court records show both men also pleaded guilty earlier this year to using proceeds from their illegal drug activity to buy dogs and supplies for training dogs to fight. In February, officers seized at least 80 dogs in Pasquotank, Camden and Perquimans counties.

U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman Don Connelly says both men face a maximum sentence of life in prison when they're sentenced in August.

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