Onslow County man gets at least 18 years in prison after pleading guilty to drug trafficking 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 was given a sentence of between 18.7 years and 23.5 years in prison following a guilty plea on three trafficking in opium/heroin charges and a possession of a firearm by a felon charge.

The sentence stems from evidence presented in court by the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit back in June of 2022. We’re told that evidence showed drug activity at a home on Blue Creek Road near Jacksonville that was the focus of complaints by citizens and several Crime Stopper tips.

They say they watched Curtiss, a convicted felon, come and go from the home and eventually stopped him for a traffic violation. Investigators say they found he did not have a valid license and that their drug 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 over 2 ounces of fentanyl, along with methamphetamine.

Curtiss has also been ordered to pay a $500,000 fine.