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Three sentenced in Craven County on meth, firearms charges surrounding traffic stop

(L-R) Clark, Dunlow, Messer
(L-R) Clark, Dunlow, Messer(Craven County jail)
Published: Feb. 4, 2021 at 11:48 AM EST
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CRAVEN COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - Three men in Craven County are getting lengthy sentences after a traffic stop led to a drug bust.

The Craven County District Attorney’s Office says that Bradley Clark, 30, of Salter Path, Kenneth Dunlow, 31, of Havelock, and Matthew Messer, 34, of New Bern, pleaded guilty in January to meth trafficking, firearms offenses, and other charges.

Clark and Dunlow were sentenced to between nearly 6 and 8 years in prison.

We’re told Messer was prosecuted as a habitual felon which boosted his sentence to between 12 and 15 years in prison.

All three were ordered to pay $50,000.

The arrests stem from a traffic stop back during the Governor’s “Click-It or Ticket” campaign on November 26th of 2019.

The district attorney says that the vehicle the three were in was pulled over when Dunlow and Messer were seen without seatbelts on.

“While observing the defendants, deputies became suspicious other criminal activity was occurring and determined that Dunlow had an outstanding Order For Arrest, and Clark was driving while his license was revoked,” the D.A.’s office said.

A K-9 unit was called to the scene where a search found meth, heroin, and firearms.

“…in the back seat directly next to defendant Messer a loaded Kel-Tec Rifle, and what appeared to be a stuffed animal back-pack were seen. Inside the back-pack deputies found a large amount of Methamphetamine, digital scales, packaging materials, and a .25 caliber pistol. The substance was sent to the North Carolina State Crime laboratory and determined to contain 45.29 grams of Methamphetamine, a Schedule II Controlled Substance,” a press release said.

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