Johnston Meth Distributors Sentenced To Federal Prison

Two Johnston County men has been sentenced to lengthy federal prison terms.   United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced Friday in federal court in Raleigh that United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced Robert Manley Narron, 30, of Kenly to 91 months imprisonment, followed by 5 years of supervised release.

Earlier, on May 23, 2019, Judge Flanagan sentenced Reyes Juarez Perez, 34, of Selma to 19 years imprisonment, followed by 5 years of supervised release.

The prosecution of Narron and Perez was a part of an Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force Operation (OCDETF), which has focused on methamphetamine manufacturers and distributors in Johnston County.

Narron and Perez were named in a nine-count Indictment filed on January 19, 2018 charging them with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine from February 7, 2017 until September 9, 2017, distribution of methamphetamine, and aiding and abetting.

Narron was also charged with possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine; and possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

On April 12, 2018, Narron pled guilty to the conspiracy charge. On January 15, 2019, Perez pled guilty to all charges.

According to the investigation, Perez served as a supplier of crystal methamphetamine and supplied Narron with the drugs, which were further distributed in Johnston County.

Federal prosecutors said Narron and Perez sold over 200 grams of crystal methamphetamine to a confidential source working with law enforcement. Law enforcement arrested Robert Manley Narron and searched his home where they located crystal methamphetamine, ammunition and burnt aluminum strips. Law enforcement arrested Reyes Juarez Perez and searched his home where they located three handguns, one of which was stolen, two rifles, ammunition and seven cell phones in his bedroom.  Officers located over $34,000 in another room, over 1 kilogram of crystal methamphetamine, and 493 grams of cocaine. A small child also notified officers of a plastic bag in the kitchen containing 12.48 grams of cocaine.

Perez received a sentencing enhancement for maintaining a premises for the purpose of storing and/or distributing a controlled substance during the time of the drug conspiracy.

In September 2017, the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office arrested Narron and Perez during search warrants executed at homes on Pittman Road near Selma and Judy Lane off Highway 39 North of Selma. Authorities said at the time of his arrest, Perez was in the US illegally.

This case is part of the United States Attorney’s Office’s Take Back North Carolina Initiative. 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.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Johnston County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Dena King represented the government.