Meth convict to serve 12-year sentence

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A Kenly man will spend more than a decade in federal prison after prosecutors say he was a part of drug trafficking ring that manufactured and distributed methamphetamine in Wilson County.

On Thursday, Senior U.S. District Judge Malcolm J. Howard sentenced 27-year-old Kyle Robert Perry to 12 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release after he pleaded guilty nearly a year ago on a drug conspiracy charge.

Officials say Perry used at least five other people to buy pseudoephedrine — a non-prescription sinus medication and a main ingredient used in manufacturing meth — on his behalf.

On Sept. 3, 2015, authorities searched Perry’s home and found several items used to cook meth, including a hydrochloric generator, a stripped lithium battery, a bottle with tubing and an empty pseudoephedrine package, according to federal officials.

Those items were removed by the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation’s Clandestine Laboratory Response Unit due to the hazardous materials. Perry’s meth manufacturing created a substantial harm to human life and the environment, officials said.

In April 2018, Perry pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture, distribute, dispense and possess with the intent to distribute meth and a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of meth from 2009 until Dec. 15, 2015.

Perry’s prosecution was a part of an Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force operation that has focused on meth manufacturers and distributors in Wilson and Wayne counties.

The investigation was conducted by the SBI, Wilson County Sheriff’s Office and the Wilson Police Department.