Habitual felon sent to prison


NEW BERN, Craven County - District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Craven County Superior Court Tuesday, Levar Shannon, 37, of New Bern, was convicted upon his guilty plea to several felony offenses and sentenced to a prison term.

Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ben Alford presided, and the cases were prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Chekesha Hukins.

New Bern Police detectives, working with confidential informants, conducted a series of controlled purchases of narcotics from Shannon, including ones for heroin and oxycodone. In addition, Shannon was subject to post-release supervision for a prior felony conviction, and as a result, was subject to warrantless searches.

During a warrantless search, officers found in Shannon's residence a plastic bag containing 36 oxycodone tablets, and a plastic bag corner containing heroin, as well as stacks of U.S. currency. Finally, in February, 2016, Shannon was stopped by police for driving while his license was revoked. When officers initiated their blue lights, Shannon stopped at a stop sign, and the officer pulled in front of his car to prevent him from leaving.

Shannon put his car in reverse, backing into oncoming traffic at a high rate of speed. Shannon ran at least three stop signs, and swerved toward a police car, forcing police to take action to avoid a collision.

Shannon pled guilty to one count of trafficking in opium; two counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver oxycodone; maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances; and fleeing to elude arrest.

Shannon was indicted as an Habitual Felon, having at least three prior felony convictions, and he admitted that status before Judge Alford.

Judge Alford sentenced Shannon to 101 to 134 months in prison (8 ½ to 11 years). He also ordered that Shannon pay a $ 50,000 fine, and that any money seized from Shannon be forfeited.