A Littleton man pleaded guilty this week to three of seven counts a federal grand jury lodged against him back in July.
Michael Delinda Stansbury gave his consent Tuesday in Greenville to proceed with his arraignment before Magistrate Judge Kimberly A. Swank, court records show.
With his defense counsel present, Stansbury pleaded guilty to counts 2, 3, and 7 and is now scheduled for sentencing before Senior Judge Malcolm J. Howard during the court’s January 14 term.
Stansbury entered a guilty plea to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession with intent to distribute 500 grams of cocaine.
The Halifax County Sheriff’s Office had been investigating Stansbury for several years and has served search warrants at his residence.
On January 20, 2017, local agents executed a search warrant and seized more than 36 grams of cocaine, 11 pills, six long rifles, three shotguns and two handguns.
On February 3, 2017, sheriff’s office agents executed two search warrants. During the first more than 50 grams of cocaine, 66 controlled pills, 117 grams of marijuana and a handgun was seized.
In the second search warrant, 9 grams of crack cocaine, and 26 grams of cocaine was seized.
On March 9, 2018, local agents conducted a traffic stop on Stansbury.
During the traffic stop Stansbury drove away and agents gave chase.
During the chase Stansbury threw out a half-kilogram of cocaine from the driver’s side window. The cocaine was recovered immediately.
The narcotics division had received information about drug activity at the Stansbury residence from the Littleton Police Department.
Through information and the investigation conducted by agents, these search warrants were applied for and granted.
The sheriff’s office has said Stansbury was reputedly a major supplier of cocaine in the Littleton and Roanoke Rapids area.