Currituck man gets 10 years for drug trafficking


Christian Lavar Burton


From staff reports

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

A Currituck County man has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison six months after pleading guilty to charges of trafficking both cocaine and crack cocaine over a nearly two-year period.

Christian Lavar Burton, 38, of the 100 block of Willow Drive, Moyock, was sentenced on Tuesday to both an active 120-month prison term and three years of supervised release by U.S. District Judge Terrence W. Boyle in Raleigh, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District.

Burton pleaded guilty in May to conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute both cocaine and cocaine base, also known as crack, from April 2016 through February of this year. He had been named in a six-count indictment filed in the Eastern District in March, the press release states.

According to the release, Burton had several past arrests for selling narcotics when the Currituck Sheriff’s Office began investigating him in May 2016. Using an undercover agent and confidential informants, the sheriff’s office made numerous controlled purchases of illegal drugs from Burton in the Currituck area over a nearly two-year period, the release states.  

On Feb. 1, investigators arrested Burton at his home following a search that resulted in the seizure of about 9 grams of crack cocaine, about 6 grams of cocaine, some 108 grams of marijuana, bags used to package marijuana, a set of digital scales and $1,551 in cash.