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Wilson man sentenced on federal charges

Operation Bobcat focused on cocaine, crack

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A Wilson man with previous drug convictions was sentenced Wednesday to spend the next 10 years in federal prison.

In August, Jeffrey Bernard “Cookie Man” Moore was charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine and five counts of distribution of quantity of cocaine.

The 49-year-old Wilson man pleaded guilty in November and was sentenced Wednesday to 120 months in prison and eight years of supervised release.

According to a press release, Moore and co-defendants Kenneth Ray “Kenny” Barnes and Tony Lynn Winstead were part of an Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force Operation dubbed Operation Bobcat. The investigation focused on the sale of cocaine and crack in Wilson County.

The indictment against Moore states he was part of a drug conspiracy dating back to 2013 that included the sale of cocaine to law enforcement officers at multiple locations, including Moore’s home. Barnes was sentenced in December to 63 months in prison and five years of supervised release. In February, Winstead was sentenced to probation for involvement in the drug conspiracy.

Moore had state charges related to break-ins and larcenies in Wilson County back in the 1980s. In 1997, he was sentenced to 20 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base within the Eastern District of North Carolina. In 2001, his sentenced was reduced to 12 years, and in 2002, he was indicted for escaping custody.

Authorities said Moore was released in 2005 for all of the charges, but the previous convictions enabled the government to secure an enhanced penalty for Moore in the current case.

The arrest and prosecution was a joint effort between the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Wilson Police Department and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation.

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