Former Johnston County teacher’s assistant sentenced to prison for drug trafficking

From staff reportsMay 1, 2013 

— A former teacher’s assistant at Smithfield Selma High School was sentenced to more than 10 years in federal prison for selling heroin, including one sale on school grounds.

U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle sentenced Winston Antonio Evans on Tuesday to 123 months in prison, followed by six years of supervised release, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Last summer, a federal grand jury indicted Evans on four counts of distributing heroin, including one count of distributing the drug “within 1,000 feet” of the high school. He was also charged with one count of possessing a firearm “in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.”

In January, Evans, 29, pleaded guilty to the gun charge and to distributing heroin within 1,000 feet of the school.

Evans sold heroin to a confidential informant several times last February and March, and during one of those transactions he also sold a gun, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Altogether, he is responsible for the distribution of more than 17.5 ounces of heroin.

Evans worked for the Johnston County school system from April 2008 until he was fired shortly after his indictment on August 29.

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