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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A man who pleaded guilty to heroin charges in January was sentenced Friday to 25 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, according to a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Justice.
Leander Hands, 37, was sentenced after pleading guilty to possession with the intent to distribute a quantity of heroin, distribution of a quantity of heroin and aiding and abetting same, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
In February 2011, undercover New Hanover County Sheriff’s detectives bought heroin near a Wilmington apartment complex, and they were told that Hands supplied the heroin to the person they arrested.
Narcotics detectives stopped a car Hands was driving in the area of the drug transaction, at 11th and Princess streets. When they searched the vehicle, they came across heroin, crack cocaine and $1,200 that helped buy the heroin.
Detectives proceeded to search an apartment associated with Hands, where they found an additional 250 bags of heroin, a safe with more than $16,000, a bulletproof vest and two handguns, one of which was stolen.
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