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Drug ring boss sentenced to federal prison

Posted on May 8, 2021

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A Tar River Regional Drug Task Force poster announces federal arrests in Operation Carr Stop, a regional drug trafficking probe named for alleged ringleader Marquavious Harold Carr.

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A Tar River Regional Drug Task Force poster announces federal arrests in Operation Carr Stop, a regional drug trafficking probe named for alleged ringleader Marquavious Harold Carr.

Authorities say an Elm City gang member who led a tri-county drug trafficking ring will spend more than two decades in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced 32-year-old Marquavious Harold Carr to 24 years in prison on Thursday.

In February 2019, Carr pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, 28 grams or more of crack, a quantity of cocaine and a quantity of marijuana, as well as possession with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of crack and a quantity of cocaine and aiding and abetting, according to federal officials.


Carr was the leader of a conspiracy to distribute cocaine, crack, heroin and marijuana between August 2017 and June 2018 in Wilson, Nash and Edgecombe counties, according to Don Connelly, public information officer for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Carr and seven co-defendants were convicted in federal court for their participation in the conspiracy.

A high-ranking member of the Crips street gang, Carr “directed and controlled” the drug trafficking organization’s activities even while incarcerated in state prisons, federal prosecutors said.

Officials said the investigation showed Carr was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in Wilson County in November 2010. He was sentenced to roughly 7 ½ to 10 years in prison and was released on probation in May 2017.


About four months later, authorities pulled over a car for traffic violations and smelled marijuana.

Carr, who was the driver, stepped out of the vehicle and dropped a digital scale, officials said. The scale had a small amount of white residue, which Carr attempted to wipe off with his T-shirt. The residue tested positive for cocaine, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release.

In November 2017, officers executed a search warrant on a Mill Branch Road home in Rocky Mount.

“Officers saw a cooperating defendant meeting with Carr outside,” the news release states. “Upon seeing officers, the cooperating defendant threw a ‘brick’ (about 1 gram) of heroin to the ground.”

Carr drove away from the home and allegedly struck a Nash County sheriff’s deputy. Officials say Carr sped away and forced at least one vehicle off the road.

“Carr eventually lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a utility pole,” the news release states.

He ran from the crumpled car, and officers arrested him after a short chase.

A search of his vehicle revealed 500 bindles of heroin and $1,223 in cash.

Officers allegedly found more heroin along with 13.7 grams of crack cocaine, 13.7 grams of cocaine, 17 grams of marijuana and pills in the driveway where Carr and the cooperating defendant were meeting.

Carr’s probation was revoked, and he was returned to N.C. Division of Adult Corrections custody.


Federal officials said Carr used recorded jail telephones to continue directing and controlling the drug trafficking organization while behind bars.

“Agents reviewed dozens of telephone calls in which Carr directed the distribution of drugs and the collection of thousands of dollars of currency,” the release states. “Carr also gave instructions to co-conspirators regarding firearms.”

In total, authorities say Carr was responsible for distributing more than 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) of powder cocaine, 850 grams (1.87 pounds) of crack cocaine, 700 grams (1.54 pounds) of marijuana and 400 grams (14.1 ounces) of heroin.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, the Wilson Police Department, the Nash County Sheriff’s Office and the State Bureau of Investigation participated in the investigation that led to Carr’s federal prosecution. 

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