Oscar’s Lounge arrest leads to 10-year federal sentence

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A Williamston man who off-duty police officers caught with Ecstasy, crack and a gun at a Wilson nightclub in 2015 will spend a decade in federal prison.

Antonio Clarence Daughtridge, 33, pleaded guilty in December to possession of a firearm by a felon. Daughtridge was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years for the charge, followed by three years of supervised release and a $2,500 fine, according to a press release from the office Robert J. Higdon Jr., U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

In November 2017, Daughtridge was indicted on federal charges including possession with intent to sell and distribute Ecstasy and a quantity of cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and one count of possession with intent to distribute a quantity of crack cocaine.

On March 8, 2015, Wilson police officers working off-duty at Oscar’s Lounge in Wilson were approached by a woman who told them Daughtridge had a gun and had pointed it at her, according to federal prosecutors.

Officers approached the car Daughtridge was in, had the driver put the car in park and told Daughtridge to show his hands, according to officials.

Daughtridge wasn’t compliant and officers pulled him from the car, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

Once he was out of the car and police arrested him, officers seized a gun that was underneath the passenger seat, officials said. While searching Daughtridge, officers seized what was believed to be four Ecstasy pills and 18 packets of cocaine, according to the office.

The Wilson Police Department investigated the case with assistance from the Nash County Sheriff’s Office, Greenville Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The case was part of the federal program Project Safe Neighborhoods, which is aimed to bring all levels of law enforcement together with the communities they serve to reduce violence crime and make neighborhoods safer.

Officials said Daughtridge’s prosecution was coordinated through the U.S. attorney’s office’s Take Back North Carolina Initiative, which is a regional assignment of federal prosecutors who work with law enforcement and district attorneys’ offices on a regular basis to reduce the violent crime crate, drug trafficking and crimes against law enforcement.