United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina Robert J. Higdon Jr. announced the sentencing in a press release.
Hughes, 39, of Weldon, will serve three years of supervised release following his prison term.
Hughes was named in an indictment filed on July 24 and he pled to possession with intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
The investigation began in April of 2016 after the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office received information from a confidential informant Hughes was selling cocaine from his residence in Weldon.
The City County Drug Task Force arrested Hughes in June of 2016.
Investigation showed between April 13 and June 8, of 2016, an informant was used to conduct two controlled purchases of cocaine totaling .73 grams from Hughes at his home.
On June 10, 2016, a search warrant led to the discovery of a loaded .380 Caliber handgun, 7.06 grams of cocaine, and two digital scales in the bedroom closet of his residence.
Law enforcement also located a small-unspecified quantity of marijuana, a marijuana grinder, and other drug paraphernalia inside the home.
This case was part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative which encourages federal, state, and local agencies to cooperate in a unified team effort against gun crime, targeting repeat offenders who continually plague their communities.
The task force, Halifax County Sheriff’s Office and Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives conducted the criminal investigation.
Assistant United States Attorney S. Katherine Burnette handled the prosecution of this case for the government.