Spring Hope Man Sentenced for Drug Conspiracy

United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that today in federal court, Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever III, sentenced EQUAN CORNELIUS DUNSTON, 26, of Spring Hope, North Carolina to 114 months imprisonment followed by 5 years supervised release.

DUNSTON was named in a Criminal Information filed on January 10, 2018 charging him with conspiracy to distribute twenty-eight grams or more of cocaine base (crack) between June 20, 2017 and August 17, 2017.  On March 5, 2018, DUNSTON pled guilty to the single count Criminal Information.

According to the investigation, beginning in June 2017, deputies with the Nash County Sheriff’s Office began investigating the narcotics distribution activity of DUNSTON.  A confidential informant was utilized to make six controlled purchases of over 300 grams of cocaine base (crack) from DUNSTON between June 20, 2017 and August 14, 2017.  DUNSTON conspired with others in his narcotics distribution.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Tar River Regional Drug Task Force, Nash County Sheriff’s Office, and Spring Hope Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Dena King represented the government.