Cocaine Dealer Headed for Prison

Justin "Waldo" McKvian
Justin "Waldo" McKvian (CCSO photo)

‘Carnivore’ Defendant Found Guilty

A latecomer to the narcotics sweep that led to multiple arrests in 2019 has been sentenced to 29 to 53 months in prison.

Justin Emmanuel “Waldo” McKvian, 32, was convicted of sale and delivery of cocaine, and possession for sale and delivery of the drug.  A jury handed down the verdict Aug. 10.

McKvian was a target in Operation Carnivore, a narcotics investigation targeting dealers and violent crime along Dessie Road near Chadbourn, Green Acres, and th Ten Mile Road community. A total of 17 suspects were picked up in the sweep, which including the sheriff’s office and U.S. Marshals.

McKvian had a Tabor City address. He managed to avoid authorities until Sept. 2, 2020. At that time he was charged with two counts each of felony possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, sale and delivery, and failure to appear in court on a driving while license revoked charge.

“We want to thank the District Attorney’s Office, especially the Assistant District Attorney that prosecuted this case,” Sheriff Jody Greene said in a press release.  “Working together as a team ensured a solid case that resulted in McKvian being convicted for the above crimes.”     

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