RALEIGH – A Johnston County man was sentenced July 27th to 123 months in federal prison for possessing with the intent to distribute cocaine, possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and felon in possession of firearms. On February 18, 2021, Gregory Tobaris Brantley of Clayton pled guilty to the charges.
According to court documents and other information presented in federal court, Brantley, 39, maintained a dwelling for purposes of drug distribution in Johnston County. North Carolina probation and parole officers, assisted by the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office, conducted a probation search of Brantley’s residence in Clayton on July 10, 2020.
During the search, officers recovered a loaded .357 revolver, 12-gauge shotgun, several boxes of 12-gauge ammunition, eight 15mg morphine pills, 72.66 grams of cocaine, 26.92 grams of crack cocaine prepackaged for sale. digital scales, and $587 in U.S. currency.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, North Carolina Probation and Parole, and Johnston County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney David Fitzgerald prosecuted the case.