Onslow Co. court puts man behind bars on drug trafficking & gun charges

ONSLOW COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – A man could face up to 23.5 years in prison after community tips prompted an investigation by an Eastern Carolina sheriff’s office drug enforcement team.

Daniel Curtiss is facing a sentence of a minimum of 225 months and a maximum of 282 months in the North Carolina Department of Adult Correction after he was caught with narcotics and a gun.

Investigators with the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit say the evidence they presented in court from June 15, 2022, showed observations of a residence on Blue Creek Road in Jacksonville after getting multiple Crime Stopper tips and citizen complaints for the use and distribution of drugs.

They say they watched Curtiss, a convicted felon, come and go from the residence and eventually stopped him for a traffic violation. Investigators say they found he did not have a valid license and K9 Bonito gave a positive alert for drugs in the car.

Officials say deputies found several containers, baggies, a scale, narcotics, and other paraphernalia, as well as a handgun.

Testing at the State Crime Lab revealed he had 64.37 grams of fentanyl, along with methamphetamine.

Curtiss has been ordered to pay a $500,000 fine after pleading guilty to a level three trafficking in opium/ heroin charge and possession of a firearm by a felon.