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Wilson man found guilty in heroin-related death

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NEW BERN, Craven County - A Wilson man was convicted of distributing heroin that led to the death of another Wilson man.

In a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice's Eastern District Office, a federal court in New Bern on Thursday made the ruling. A judge ruled Elton Wayne Walston of Wilson was guilty of one count of distribution of heroin that resulted in the death of another man, who was not identified, in 2015.

Walston was charged with one count of illegally possessing a firearm and ammunition and four counts of distribution of heroin.

"Heroin and other opioids are a deadly plague across our country. Our office - along with the entire U.S. Department of Justice - is determined to hold accountable those who deal these deadly drugs to enrich themselves. This prosecution is an example of that determination," said John Stuart Bruce, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina. "This guilty verdict is a victory for law enforcement and the citizens of North Carolina. DEA and our law enforcement partners are committed to bringing to justice those who prey on individuals who are unfortunately addicted to this poison. Hopefully, this verdict, will bring some comfort to the families impacted by Mr. Walston's illegal activities," said DEA Special Agent in Charge Daniel R. Salter.

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