WILMINGTON, NC – A former Johnston County man was sentenced this week to served 11 years 8 months in federal prison. Luis Oceguera, age 21, of Sampson County, formerly of NC Highway 242 South, Benson, was sentenced following a multi-agency drug investigation that spanned multiple North Carolina counties.
According to information presented in court, Oceguera was an integral part of a drug trafficking organization that distributed kilograms of drugs in Eastern North Carolina. Oceguera regularly received, transported, and distributed fentanyl, methamphetamine, and marijuana. During the investigation, Oceguera was stopped by law enforcement three separate times while armed with handguns and rifles. One of the handguns seized was an unregistered “ghost gun” that Oceguera admitted to building himself.
On May 13, 2022, Oceguera and a second person were stopped by Johnston County deputies on Interstate 95 in Selma. During a search of a car he was driving, a large trash bag was located in the back seat, containing 10 vacuum-sealed bags of marijuana weighing 10.9 pounds.
On another occasion, Oceguera fled from law enforcement in a vehicle, reaching speeds over 120 mile per hour. During the chase, Oceguera threw a package containing over two kilograms of pure methamphetamine out of the window on the side of the road. Law enforcement searched the area and were able to recover the methamphetamine package.
Ultimately, Oceguera was arrested and the house he was staying at was searched pursuant to a search warrant. During the search, law enforcement seized drug trafficking materials, ammunition, loaded magazines, and another firearm.
Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after sentencing by Chief U.S. District Judge Richard E. Myers II. The DEA, ATF, United States Postal Service, United States Marshals Service, NC National Guard, NC State Bureau of Investigation, Sampson County Sheriff’s Office, Harnett County Sheriff’s Office, Johnston County Sheriff’s Office, and Dunn Police Department investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Tyler Lemons prosecuted the case.