Damien McGill, 30, of Wilmington, pleaded guilty Tuesday in New Hanover County Superior Court.

WILMINGTON -- A Wilmington man will spend more than nine years in prison for possessing 90 bindles of heroin in 2016.

Damien McGill, 30, pleaded guilty Tuesday in New Hanover County Superior Court to possession with intent to sell/deliver a controlled substance and manufacture/sales/deliver/possess a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a park.

He also admitted his status as a habitual felon, increasing his penalties.

Judge Josh Willey sentenced McGill to 9.75-12.75 years in prison.

According to the New Hanover County District Attorney’s Office, McGill was arrested Feb. 16, 2016, on an outstanding warrant for driving while license revoked. During a search pursuant to his arrest, officers found McGill in possession of 90 bindles of heroin. He was arrested in downtown Wilmington near Bijou Park by officers as part of a joint task force between the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and the Wilmington Police Department.

At the time, McGill, a validated Blood gang member, was out on bail on a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon for which he’s also since been convicted.

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