A man considered by law enforcement authorities as a large scale supplier of crack cocaine in the Johnston County area has been arrested.
Shayquan Akai Pittman of Fuquay Varina was arrested Thursday by the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office following an undercover investigation. Pittman is considered to be a career criminal and a supplier of cocaine in the Johnston County area dating back to 2012. His arrest should make a significant dent in the distribution of crack cocaine.
Pittman was arrested on charges of selling narcotics and was out of jail on bail when he failed to appear for his trial. Warrants were obtained for his arrest for failing to appear on the 2016 charges. When he was located by agents he was still selling crack cocaine.
Pittman reportedly had several “trap houses” or houses he used to selling cocaine. When law enforcement became aware of the location of the “trap house” he would reportedly move to another “trap house” and continue selling cocaine. He also reportedly delivered cocaine to buyers.
According to the NC Department of Public Safety, Pittman has an extensive criminal history dating back to 2002 including prior convictions for felony drug possession, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, receiving stolen goods, driving while impaired and possession of a firearm by a felon. According to online records, Pittman was released from prison in June 2013 after serving 11-1/2 months of a 12 to 24 month prison sentence on felony drug charges.
The 33 year-old man is currently in the Johnston County Jail under a $725,000 secured bond facing new charges of selling and deliver cocaine as well as failure to appear charges for the prior drug investigation.