Tarboro man sentenced for federal drug and firearm crimes

ELIZABETH CITY, NC (WITN)- An Eastern Carolina man will spend the next eight years in federal prison after prosecutors say they found illegal drugs and loaded weapons in his home.

Drako Butler, 35, of Tarboro, pled guilty to the armed drug trafficking charges in March.

“Narcotics, guns, and money are a recipe for disaster,” said U.S. Attorney Michael Easley. “This drug trafficker was heavily armed, stocked with narcotics, and flush with cash when officers searched his property.”

The feds say they found 11 guns, digital scales, money counters, and various narcotics.

Nash County deputies stopped Butler’s vehicle on May 31, 2023, finding cocaine, marijuana, THC edibles, and a 9mm semi-automatic firearm, according to a news release.

A week later, the DEA, Nash and Edgecombe County deputies, Tarboro police, and Rocky Mount police searched Butler’s home. They found cocaine, methamphetamine, psilocin, marijuana, over $26,000 in cash, six firearms, digital scales, a money counter, and counterfeit currency.

During the search inside Butler’s home, he admitted to dealing marijuana after his June 6 arrest but was released on bond.

On November 29th, the feds searched Butler’s new residence and seized more than 15 pounds of marijuana, cocaine, five more firearms, assorted ammunition, counterfeit currency, digital scales, a money counter, and glass pipes.

Butler admitted again to investigators that he sold marijuana, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release.