Drug dealer sentenced to prison


Michael Lee Drake


Staff Writer

Friday, November 23, 2018

An admitted drug dealer from Nashville has been sentenced in federal court to a decade behind bars.

Michael Lee Drake, 52, was sent to prison earlier this week for 10 years plus eight years of supervised parole by U.S. District Court Judge James C. Dever III.

Drake was investigated and arrested by deputies with the Nash County Sheriff's Office and agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration.

An April indictment charged Drake with conspiracy to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine and a quantity of crack cocaine. In June, Drake pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charge.

The investigation began in 2009 and ran through 2015, during which time Drake distributed powder cocaine and cocaine base, known as crack, throughout Nash and Edgecombe counties, said Don Connelly, public information officer for the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of North Carolina.

In 2015, undercover law enforcement agents and informants made controlled purchases of multiple ounces of cocaine from Drake, Connelly said. After observing a drug transaction at Drake’s home, law enforcement executed a search warrant at the house. As a result, officers found cocaine, $43,000 in in cash, firearms and ammunition.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Dena King represented the government in the case.