Nc Woman Gets Nearly 6 Years For Supplying Guns To Gang

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina woman has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison for trying to buy firearms on behalf of gang members who she helped sell drugs, according to a federal prosecutor.

U.S. Attorney Michael F. Easley Jr. said in a news release that Vernisha Suggs, 35, of Rocky Mount, who pleaded guilty to multiple charges in February, was sentenced Thursday to 71 months in prison.

Court documents and other information showed Suggs engaged in a conspiracy from 2018 through 2020 to purchase numerous firearms on behalf of Bloods gang members from federally licensed firearms dealers in Rocky Mount. Though she filled out paperwork saying she was buying the guns for herself, she gave the guns to local Bloods gang members.

Suggs also helped Bloods gang members distribute fentanyl and heroin throughout Nash and Edgecombe counties, prosecutors said. Her home was used as a meeting spot for out-of-state drug suppliers to bring fentanyl and heroin mixtures. She also provided a rental vehicle used in an attempt to transport a mixture of fentanyl and heroin from New York back to the Rocky Mount area, a news release said.