By Associated Press - Wednesday, February 12, 2020

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina man has been sentenced to six years in prison on drug and firearms charges as part of a joint federal-local initiative to make neighborhoods safer.

The Raleigh-based U.S. Attorney’s office said Tuesday that Michael Delinda Stansbury received the sentence after previously pleading guilty to two firearms charges and a charge of possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

Prosecutors said in a news release that investigators from the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office made controlled buys of crack cocaine from Stansbury at his house in Littleton. The release said that they executed a search warrant in January of 2017 and found bags of powder and crack cocaine along with firearms.

Separately, the news release said that Stansbury was stopped in 2018 after an officer said he failed to signal. Authorities say that he sped away and threw a bag out of the car that was determined to contain cocaine; he was later arrested.

Prosecutors said the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation and worked with federal authorities as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods.

A defense attorney didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment Wednesday.

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