A 23 year-old Johnston County man was sentenced today (Tuesday) to 37 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised probation.
US District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced Sergio Ezequiel Alvear of Leah Circle, Clayton to the active prison sentence. Alvear was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 6, 2019 and entered into a written plea agreement on July 20, 2019 to possession of a firearm by a felon. United States Attorney Robert J. Higdeon Jr. announced the sentencing.
Around 8:00PM on December 30, 2018, a Johnston County deputy sheriff attempted to stop a BMW on Highway 70 Business near Clayton for having an expired license plate. The officer activated his blue light and siren but the car failed to pull over. The driver, Sergio Alvear, fled on Highway 70 then turned onto Powhatan Road. While traveling in the 3600 block of Powhatan Road, Alvear lost control of the BMW and crashed into an open field. Alvear was not injured in the crash.
Deputies found a concealed .380 caliber pistol, 7 rounds of ammunition, 19 bindles of heroin (0.38 grams), 7.2 grams of marijuana and a Xanax pill.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Since 2017, the United States Department of Justice has reinvigorated the PSN program and has targeted violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.
That effort has been implemented through the Take Back North Carolina Initiative of The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina. This initiative emphasizes the regional assignment of federal prosecutors to work with law enforcement and District Attorney’s Offices on a sustained basis in those communities to reduce the violent crime rate, drug trafficking, and crimes against law enforcement.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office investigated this case. Assistant United States Attorney Daniel W. Smith prosecuted the case for the government.