Craven County man pleads guilty to attempted drug trafficking

CRAVEN COUNTY - A Craven County man has admitted that he tried to traffick drugs and is heading to prison.

District Attorney Scott Thomas said 55-year-old Marvin Earl Lilly Jr., of Vanceboro, pleaded guilty Tuesday to attempted trafficking in opium and possession of opium with intent to sell or distribute.

According to Thomas, the Craven County Sheriff's Office conducted an undercover drug operation in January 2011, when Lilly sold pills of dihydrocodeinone (an opium derivative) to an undercover witness for $100.

In addition to the drug charges, Lilly was also convicted of one count of accessory after the fact to common law robbery. Thomas said Lilly provided a getaway ride to Dustin Burkette, who had stolen a woman's pocketbook as she was loading groceries in a Food Lion parking lot in New Bern.

Lilly has been sentenced to between 29 months and 37 months in prison. He must also pay a $600 lab fee, court costs, restitution to the victim, and restitution to the Sheriff's Office for their undercover purchase.

Lilly will be under nine months of supervision after he gets released from prison.

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