Drug trafficker receives federal sentence

Prosecutors: Newsome caught with ‘hot sauce’-branded heroin

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A Wilson man who authorities say is responsible for "poisoning the streets" here after trafficking heroin and marijuana will spend several years in a federal prison. 

Chief U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced 30-year-old Troy Lee "Slim" Newsome Jr. to 3 1/2 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release. 

Newsome was named in an eight-count indictment filed in the Eastern District of North Carolina in November 2017. He was charged with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute a quantity of heroin from November 2016 to June 2017, according to federal officials. He was also charged with seven counts of distribution and possession with intent to distribute a quantity of heroin on several occasions in that same time period. 

"Troy Lee Newsome Jr. has been poisoning the streets of Wilson, North Carolina and Wilson County for more than a decade," Robert J. Higdon Jr., the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, said in a statement. "But now, with the imposition of a 42-month sentence, those communities can begin to recover from the effects of his crime. The court's sentence gives these communities that opportunity and we are very pleased that the United States Department of Justice could play a role in achieving that result. I want to commend the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Wilson County Sheriff's Office and the Wilson Police Department, for their excellent work in this case."


Nearly two years ago, Newsome became a target of a narcotics investigation by the Wilson Police Department and the Wilson County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators conducted a series of controlled heroin purchases from Newsome, according to federal prosecutors. 

On Feb. 10, 2017, a search warrant was executed at Newsome's Wilson home. Newsome was in the driver's seat of a vehicle parked in the driveway, according to officials. 

Authorities discovered marijuana in the front of the vehicle, according to federal prosecutors. Officers also recovered 300 bags of heroin stamped with the label "hot sauce" in the trunk of Newsome's vehicle. 

Newsome was charged in state court with two counts of trafficking in heroin and was subsequently released on bond, according to federal officials. 
On May 30, 2017, Wilson County deputies attempted to perform a traffic stop on a vehicle Newsome was driving.

Newsome, who had outstanding felony warrants, led deputies on a 2-mile high-speed chase, at times driving into oncoming traffic and "endangering civilians," officials said. 

During the pursuit, Newsome drove directly toward a deputy in his patrol vehicle, which nearly resulted in a head-on collision, according to federal officials. 

From the investigation, law enforcement determined Newsome is responsible for trafficking heroin and marijuana between September 2016 and June 2017, officials said. He was also responsible for possessing a dangerous weapon. 

The case was a federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force criminal matter and was investigated by the Wilson Police Department, the Wilson County Sheriff's Office and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.