Duplin Co. Man sentenced to 35 years in federal prison for drug charges

KENANSVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Duplin County Sheriff Blake Wallace has a warning for criminals; do not distribute meth in his county.

The warning came after a Duplin County man was sentenced this morning in federal court after a five-year investigation.

Randall Stewart Hill faced a federal judge Tuesday in Wilmington who sentenced him to 35 years in federal prison.

Sheriff Wallace worked with several agencies in this case to arrest Hill, who was found guilty of distributing more than 700 grams of meth over five years.

Last November, a jury found Hill guilty of distributing and manufacturing meth in multiple counties, including Duplin, Onslow and Pender.

According to Sheriff Wallace, Hill’s arrest is the latest in a long string of meth prosecutions in Duplin and surrounding counties.

“If you’re involved in this business some form or fashion of law enforcement is going to come after you. It’s just that important,” said Sheriff Wallace.

Hill does have prior drug arrests charges.

“After two prior state convictions for which he received suspended sentences, today mr. Hill will feel the full force and effect of the federal government,” said Leslie Cooley with the U.S. Attorney General’s Office for the Eastern District.

Hill also was found guilty of using a 15-year-old girl to help manufacture the drug in his Mount Olive home on Kinsy Mill Road.

“For many years Mr. Hill spewed this poison in Duplin County and affected I can’t tell you how many lives,” said Sheriff Wallace.

Hill also faces charges of possession of a firearm and use of a minor to distribute and manufacture meth.

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