A Nash County man was sentenced Wednesday to life in federal prison for various drug and firearms offenses, capping an investigation that involved five defendants in Raleigh and Middlesex.
Anthony Wayne Wiggins, 51, was found guilty of the charges in March at the end of a three-day trial.
The case against Wiggins apparently began in June 2012 with a call from a female companion, according to court documents. The woman called 911 to say that Wiggins had assaulted her, and Nash County sheriff’s deputies reported to Wiggins’ home at 10678 Beaver Dam Road near Middlesex, about 30 miles east of Raleigh, court documents state.
The woman told deputies that Wiggins, who had since left, had grabbed her by the throat and slammed her against the floor and scratched her face before others present pulled him away.
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The woman then told deputies that Wiggins had firearms, sold drugs and kept drugs at the home. She showed deputies a can of Dr. Pepper, then told an officer to twist off a hidden top, revealing baggies of about 13 grams of crack.
Deputies soon found Wiggins in a black vehicle outside the home and arrested him. They also found 45 additional grams of crack in a purple Crown Royal bag; $3,715 in cash; a Hi-Point 9 mm rifle and ammo; and Pyrex cups with cocaine residue.
It was unclear from court records how the investigation came to involve the other suspects: Asael Gomez-Jiminez, Silvino Lara-Lara, Dario Gomez-Juarez and Luisiana Figuerroa-Quezada. All were described by U.S. Attorney Thomas Walker’s office as co-conspirators in a group that trafficked at least 22 kilograms of cocaine into Eastern North Carolina.
Gomez-Jiminez was described by the prosecutor’s office as the leader of the organization, and Wiggins as a frequent customer. All except Figuerroa-Quezada split their time between Middlesex and Raleigh; Figuerroa-Quezada was a resident of Raleigh, according to the attorney’s office.
Wiggins was convicted on charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine; possession of 5 kilograms or more of cocaine with intent to distribute; possession of 28 grams or more of crack cocaine with intent to distribute; and possession of a firearm by a felon, according to the prosecutor’s office.
Gomez-Jiminez was sentenced in July to 27 years in prison on conspiracy, cocaine and immigration-related charges; Lara-Lara was sentenced in July to 11 years and Gomez-Juarez in August to 15 years on similar charges; and Figuerroa-Quezada was sentenced to 3.5 years on cocaine charges, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.
The investigation involved the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the Raleigh and Wilson police departments and the Nash and Person county sheriff’s offices.