Hoke man found guilty in drug, firearms case

Ronnie Wade Anderson faces over six years following 2021 arrest for narcotics trafficking and possession

Shown is a police car with flashing lights. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

RAEFORD – A Hoke County jury has convicted Ronnie Wade Anderson on multiple charges related to drug trafficking and firearms possession during a trial earlier this month.

The charges stemmed from a January 2021 raid by the Hoke Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team. The verdict, announced on February 13, 2024, concludes a significant legal proceeding that highlights the ongoing battle against narcotics distribution and illegal firearm possession in the county.

The raid, at 1629 Strother Road, resulted in the seizure of firearms, suspected narcotics, and drug paraphernalia. Anderson was arrested at the scene during the execution of the search warrant, facing charges including possession of drug paraphernalia, intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana, trafficking in methamphetamine, manufacturing marijuana, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and trafficking in cocaine.

Assistant District Attorney Yohan Namkung led the prosecution, culminating in Anderson’s conviction on all counts. Judge Michael Stone handed down the sentence, imposing a 70 to 93 months imprisonment in the North Carolina Department of Corrections and a $100,000 fine for the trafficking offenses. Additionally, Anderson received a consecutive sentence of 13 to 25 months for the firearm possession and other charges.