RALEIGH — An Elizabeth City man has been sentenced to more than 13 years in federal prison for selling heroin on the Outer Banks.
Shawn Kenyatta Beamon, 35, was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Court Judge Terrence W. Boyle in federal court in Raleigh.
Beamon pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute heroin on June 15.
He was indicted by a federal grand jury in July 2011 after he was arrested in an undercover drug operation.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Beamon obtained an unspecified amount of heroin in the Tidewater region of Virginia. He then sold some of it to an undercover law enforcement official in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart in Kitty Hawk on Oct. 13, 2010.
Beamon was arrested during an operation called Dare Devil, a probe focused on importers and multi-level distributors of cocaine, crack and heroin in Dare and Currituck counties, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a press release.
To date, 13 people arrested during Dare Devil have been sentenced in federal court for drug violations.
Beamon is the third Elizabeth City resident to be sentenced to a federal prison term on drug charges this month.
Joey Lamar White, 24, was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison Sept. 4 after pleading guilty to distributing and possessing with the intent to distribute nearly 9.9 ounces of crack cocaine.
Two days later, Tony Commander, 28, was sentenced to 30 years after pleading guilty to conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute nearly 10 ounces of crack cocaine.