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Man who tried to sell cocaine outside Crabtree Valley Mall to serve 21 years in prison

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Horry County Solicitor Jimmy Richardson walks though the legal process from the time someone is arrested until the time they are sentenced.

A man who tried to sell cocaine outside Crabtree Valley Mall was sentenced to federal prison for cocaine possession, according to federal authorities.

Lashun Tracy Tinnen, 37, of Mebane will serve 21 years and 10 months in prison plus five years of probation after pleading guilty in November, according to a news release.

Robert J. Higdon, Jr., the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announced Tinnen’s sentence Thursday.

Tinnen had been charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine from December 2013 until May 10, 2018, and with possession with intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine.

Investigators say Tinnen tried to sell 18 ounces of cocaine in Raleigh in the Crabtree Valley Mall parking lot last May. When police surrounded Tinnen’s vehicle he tried to ram his way out before being apprehended, the release said.

“Drug traffickers like Tinnen threaten our communities with deadly controlled substances,” Higdon said. “We stand ready to aggressively pursue those who would commit violent acts against our law enforcement officers because it is imperative that we protect those who protect us.”

When police searched Tinnen’s car, they found about 500 grams of cocaine and more than $17,000 in cash.

Tinnen’s wife and small child were with him at the time, police say.

During a subsequent search of Tinnen’s home, investigators seized two guns, one of which was stolen, and $2,000 in cash, police say.

Joe Johnson is a reporter covering breaking stories for The News & Observer. He most recently covered towns in western Wake County and Chatham County. Before that, he covered high school sports for The Herald-Sun.


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