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Shallotte man sentenced to prison on cocaine conviction

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By Staff Report

A Shallotte man was sentenced to serve at least five years in prison after pleading guilty to felony possession with the intent to distribute, sell or deliver cocaine.

Rafel Bland, 52, of Hale Swamp Road, was sentenced by Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola M. Lewis as a habitual felon Monday, Jan. 6, according to a District Attorney’s Office news release.

He was ordered to serve a minimum of five years to a maximum of 89 months — more than seven years — in the North Carolina Department of Correction.

Bland sold crack cocaine to an agent of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office during an undercover investigation, according to the release.

Bland was targeted as a habitual offender by the District Attorney’s Office and Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. He has multiple previous felony convictions, including possession with the intent to distribute, sell or deliver cocaine.

Assistant District Attorney Chris Thomas prosecuted the case.