Police in May 2016 found cocaine, crack and drug manufacturing equipment in the home of Tavares Lajuane Graham.
RALEIGH — A man from Hope Mills was sentenced Wednesday in federal court to 10 years in prison on drug trafficking charges.
The drug dealer, Tavares Lajuane Graham, is to serve five years of supervised release after he gets out of prison, a news release from the United States Attorney's Office in Raleigh said.
The U.S. Attorney's Office said Graham is 40; state prison records indicate he is 39.
Graham pleaded guilty in April to possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine and 28 grams or more of crack cocaine, and to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, the agency said.
According to the news release:
• In May 2016, Fayetteville police obtained a search warrant for Graham’s home based on information from informants and drug evidence found in his trash.
• The Fayetteville investigators, with help from the Hope Mills Police Department, searched Graham’s home and found 720 grams of cocaine and 35 grams of crack cocaine in his kitchen and garage.
• Officers also found a .38 special revolver, a magazine for another firearm with 12 rounds of 9mm bullets, and equipment and supplies used to manufacture crack cocaine.
State prison records say Graham previously served time for drug trafficking charges.
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