An Erwin crack cocaine dealer has been sentenced to serve 12 years and 10 months in federal prison.
The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced John Andrew Pipkin, aka “Puppy” to 130 months in federal prison followed by 5 years of supervised parole.
In December 2017, Pipkin, who is now 59, was named in a twelve-count indictment returned by a grand jury sitting in the Eastern District of North Carolina. The indictment charged Pipkin with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute crack cocaine February 2016 to September 2016, multiple counts of distribution of a cocaine, possession of a firearm in a drug trafficking crime, and multiple counts of distribution of cocaine.
On April 9, 2018, Pipkin accepted a plea agreement, however he was just recently sentenced.
The investigation revealed that from February 2016 through September 2016, Pipkin distributed over 234 grams of crack cocaine from a residence that he maintained in Erwin in Harnett County. Law enforcement made numerous controlled purchases of crack cocaine from the defendant, and on many occasions, the defendant was armed with a firearm.
The investigation of this case was conducted by the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant United States Attorney Lawrence Cameron represented the government in this case.