A known Edgecombe County drug dealer was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison Tuesday on charges he distributed almost 20 pounds of crack cocaine throughout Edgecombe County during a six-year span.
Federal Judge James C. Dever III, sentenced 41-year old Terrence Lovell Dickens to 480 months in prison in federal court in Raleigh for conspiring to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of crack cocaine. After Dickens is released from prison, he will have to serve five years of supervised probation.
Dickens has previously served time in the North Carolina Department of Corrections for drug convictions in Edgecombe County.
Last February, criminal information was filed against Dickens to indict him on the charges and in May, he pleaded guilty.
According to U.S. Attorney Thomas G. Walker, an investigation began when Dickens came to the attention of local law enforcement after information was received regarding his illegal drug sales in Edgecombe County.
Between February 2007 and January 2010, law enforcement officers made controlled buys from Dickens of more than 190 grams of crack cocaine.
A further investigation revealed that Dickens was responsible for distributing over nine kilograms of crack cocaine from 2004 to 2010 throughout Edgecombe County.
The investigation was conducted by the Edgecombe County Sheriff's Office Drug Task Force, Rocky Mount Police Department and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.
The U.S. Attorney's Office assigned Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Glenn Perry to the Dickens case to prosecute him. Perry is a prosecutor with the Pitt County District Attorney's Office in Greenville. He was assigned to the case because he prosecutes criminal matters that involve federal organized crime and drug crimes.
He has four prior drug convictions, which include two for possessing schedule II controlled substances and two for maintaining a place to store controlled substances.
Dickens was released from prison in May 2004 after he served seven months for being convicted for maintaining a place to store controlled substance and carrying a concealed weapon.
Dickens' first conviction came in 1992 when he was convicted of accessory after the fact and accessory after the fact to second-degree murder. He served seven months in prison for the accessory after the fact conviction after his probation was revoked and then he severed 20 months for the accessory after the fact to second-degree murder.