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Bailey drug convict sentenced to federal prison

Posted on September 10, 2021

Updated on September 13, 2021

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A southern Nash County man will spend a dozen years in federal prison on drug convictions.

Costa Rontrell Pender of Old Smithfield Road near Bailey received a sentence of 12 years, 7 months in federal prison in a Raleigh courtroom last week.

Since Pender was on federal probation at the time of his most recent crimes, a U.S. District Court judge revoked the probation and sent Pender to prison.

Pender is accused of distributing crack cocaine in Nash and Wilson counties.

The Sept. 8 sentencing stems from a 2019 case led by the Nash County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division and the Wilson Police Department, said Chief Deputy Brandon Medina of the Nash County Sheriff’s Office.

Residents’ complaints led authorities to investigate Pender and obtain a search warrant. Deputies raided the Old Smithfield Road home and seized 15.4 grams of crack cocaine, 8 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and $3,238 in cash, according to archived news reports.

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