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
laundering.

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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  • by SEE-had Location: here on May 24, 2011 at 04:08 PM
    WOW.Life in prison... If he had just went to Med-SKOOL he could have sold drugs legally and the community would have respected him. Life in prison for selling dope is BS.Exactly how much does it cost to keep one in prison for life anyway?Do they use their brains when they come up with this type of sentencing?OOHH YEAH I FORGOT ITS NOT THEIR MONEY THEY ARE SPENDING,ITS OURS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!IDIOTS
  • by Tish Location: Farmville on May 5, 2011 at 05:35 PM
    Can some1 please explain how will they get 4 millions in fines if he get life in prison, who will have 2 pay that? not understanding that part.
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      by That Means.... on May 5, 2011 at 06:47 PM in reply to Tish
      They get to keep all the money they found in his house AND seize all his assets. They'll even take his children away if they can.
  • by JusticeForAll on May 5, 2011 at 02:25 PM
    It's OK for our US Marines to guard, help grow, and transport heroin and hashish for the farmers in Afghanistan, or for the CIA to fly TONS of cocaine into Arkansas, Florida and Texas to pay for their covert ops in Central America, or for the BATFE to approve the sales of thousands of firearms to Mexican drug lords through straw man purchasers, or for major banks like Wachovia to knowingly launder tens of billions of dollars of drug cartel money, but God forbid someone here is the US is engaged in the same sort of thing, without government approval... We need to ask ourselves, which is REALLY more damaging to our nation--individuals who voluntarily use drugs because they want to, or government agencies who on one hand persecute citizens for a lifestyle choice, and on the other hand are actively engaged in (and in large part responsible for) the SAME business themselves?...
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      by Anonymous on May 5, 2011 at 03:53 PM in reply to JusticeForAll
      your knowledge precedes you. many are unaware or too stupid to see the truth in what you've just said.
  • by Lyman Hill Location: Pitt County on May 5, 2011 at 02:11 PM
    An adjusted gross income of $2,500 and driving a Hummer and nobody got a clue? Maybe he should have bought that house in Abbottabad, Pakistan. They were clueless about that, too! Anyway, good riddance to bad rubbish! Both of them!
  • by LSD Location: Henrico on May 5, 2011 at 10:55 AM
    Eligible for life in federal prison? Fine idea!! Put the man away. He is menace to this community.
  • by ME Location: WASHINGTON on May 5, 2011 at 09:04 AM
    WHAT I DONT UNDERSTAND IS WHY DID THEY WATCH HIM FOR THAT MANY YEARS, WHY DIDNT THEY BUST HIM WAY WAY WAY B4 THE TIME THAT THEY DID, GUESS THEY WERE LETTIN HIMSELF DID A DEEPER HOLE FOR HIMSELF, GIVIN HIM ENOUGH ROPE TO HANG HIMSELF, ALL GOOD THINGS MUST COME TO A END!
  • by nose Location: under your on May 5, 2011 at 08:27 AM
    I thought this was about Jenny K jewelry.
  • by He's Guilty! on May 5, 2011 at 08:26 AM
    Oops! I Mis-Spoke. I already miss spoke.
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on May 5, 2011 at 08:14 AM
    Finally they bust a middle man and take him off the street for a vey long time. The problem is somebody has probably already filled the gap.
  • by ralph Location: ahoskie on May 5, 2011 at 07:49 AM
    Bye-Bye!
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