A man well known in northwest Harnett County and particularly well known among law enforcement officers has pleaded guilty to three counts of trafficking cocaine.
Jeffrey Lynn Dewar, 57, who usually resides in northwest Harnett County, was sentenced to 35 to 51 months in prison.
He was originally charged in May of 2016 following an undercover operation between January of 2015 and May of 2016. The Harnett County Sheriff’s Office and SBI were involved. He sold cocaine to agents, 327 grams, with a street value of $65,400.
“I think he got what he deserved. He’s got to pay for the cost of what he’s done,” Sheriff Wayne Coats said. “We’ve known for a while [of his drug dealings] and it’s just a matter of getting the right people to get him. Maybe this community can have a little closure in their lives.”
Mr. Dewar has been to prison before. On Nov. 9, 2007, he was convicted by a Harnett County jury of two felony marijuana charges. In that trial, covered by The Daily Record, evidence showed Mr. Dewar sold marijuana to an informant. The transactions were recorded on video. He was sentenced to 31 to 38 months in prison.
At the end of the trial, former Harnett County Sheriff’s Narcotics Agent Bill Morris said, “It feels good to get one of the big ones and Jeffery Dewar was a major drug dealer in Harnett County.”
That conviction came after an April 5, 2005, raid during which 5 pounds of marijuana and $7,000 in cash were seized as well as weapons.
Searched in the raid were Mr. Dewar’s home, two shops, a salvage yard and several acres of wooded land in the Cokesbury community in northern Harnett County where Mr. Dewar operated an auto salvage and body repair service.
In 2005, former Sheriff Larry Rollins said authorities had been after Mr. Dewar for some time.
“Dewar’s been considered a major target and drug dealer in this county for a long time,” Sheriff Rollins said at the time. “We want to make a statement in this community and that is that he’s done it for a long time and it’s time to pay his dues. Everyone up here knows what he was doing and we finally have the evidence to prove what he was doing.”
According to the N.C. Department of Corrections, Mr. Dewar was first sentenced to prison on drug charges for offenses dating back to 1991.