Man sentenced for trafficking meth

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RALEIGH – A Goldsboro man was recently sentenced to 15 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute and for the distribution of 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

According to court documents and information presented at the sentencing hearing, Robert Lee Best, 61, was named in an indictment filed on March 12, 2020 charging him with conspiracy to distribute and possession with an intent to distribute 50 grams or more of meth from 2018 to March 12, 2020 (count one) and distribution of 50 grams or more of meth and aiding and abetting (count two). On Nov. 10, 2020, Best entered a plea of guilty to count two.

In May of 2018, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, Goldsboro and the Winston-Salem police departments, reportedly received information that Best was part of a large-scale drug trafficking organization operating in Goldsboro. Detectives say the group distributed large quantities of crystal methamphetamine and maintained several “trap houses” or “stash houses” in Goldsboro and employed runners, often times drug users, to hand deliver drugs.

Based on an investigation, law enforcement say they learned that Best had known the leaders of this organization for 20 years and worked in “the hole,” or “trap house” located on Slaughter Street where he distributed drugs for them. Best reportedly worked 12-hour shifts in the trap house selling narcotics for the organization. 

During these 12-hour shifts, two people worked each shift, an inside man and an outside man, according to federal prosecutors. 

“The inside man answered the phone and prepared the drug orders,” Michael Easley, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, said in a release. “The outside man-made deliveries to the customers and served as a ‘lookout.’  At the end of each shift, Best was responsible for delivering proceeds from the drug sales to a drop location. 

“Over the course of the conspiracy, Best was responsible for assisting in the distribution of 14,560 grams of cocaine and 1,507.7 grams of methamphetamine.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer C. Nucci prosecuted the case.

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