Pamlico County meth trafficker sent to prison

Joel Padilla-Galves (Pamlico County Sheriff's Office photo)

District Attorney Scott Thomas' office announced a Minnesott Beach man has been convicted and sentenced on drug charges.

Joel Padilla-Galves, 49, was convicted of trafficking in meth. He was sentenced to 70-93 months in prison.

Below is a press release with more information.


District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Pamlico Superior Court yesterday, JOEL PADILLA-GALVES, 49, who resided in Minnesott Beach, was convicted of trafficking in methamphetamine and was sent to prison for 70 to 93 months.

The charge resulted from a joint operation conducted by the Pamlico County Sheriff's Office, the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office, and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. The investigators conducted two controlled purchases of methamphetamine from Padilla-Galves in a shopping center parking lot in Grantsboro. Police then obtained a search warrant for Padilla-Galves' residence and found 156 grams of methamphetamine there.

Padilla-Galves pleaded guilty to one count of Trafficking in Methamphetamine and was sentenced to 70 to 93 months in prison, and was ordered to pay a $ 50,000 fine, laboratory fees, restitution to the law enforcement agencies for the costs of the operation, and attorney's fees. Padilla-Galves is an illegal alien, having been deported from the United States once before. The U.S. Department of Justice intends to prosecute PadillaGalves for his illegal re-entry into the country. By law, any sentence resulting from that federal case will not begin to run until Padilla-Galves serves his State-court sentence. The case against Padilla-Galves was prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Christy Hawkins.

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