Raleigh, N.C. – In a significant legal victory, a Fayetteville man, Aaron Albert Goode, was sentenced today to 360 months in prison for his involvement in the distribution of fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, and other illicit substances. The sentence comes after Goode pled guilty on December 22, 2022, to multiple charges, including conspiring to distribute drugs, possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute, and possession of firearms by a convicted felon.
US Attorney Michael Easley emphasized the dangers posed by kilogram-level drug dealers, highlighting the high-purity narcotics like fentanyl they handle. He stated, "This dangerous process leads to unpredictable dosage amounts of potentially-deadly drugs that can kill unsuspecting drug users. We are shutting down these clandestine laboratories and prosecuting the drug traffickers who profit from them."
Goode, 48, had been identified by Fayetteville and Robeson County law enforcement as a significant drug supplier since at least 2016. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) conducted multiple controlled purchases of fentanyl from Goode during the summer of 2021, leading to the execution of a search warrant on August 5, 2021.
During the search of Goode's residence on Oakview Drive in Fayetteville, investigators found evidence of a makeshift drug laboratory, including a hydraulic press, digital scales, blenders, and plastic wrap with drug residue. Goode, aware of the impending search, attempted to destroy evidence by flushing several ounces of fentanyl down the toilet during a delay in his exit from the residence.
Goode's violent criminal history, which included a 1997 murder conviction in Hoke County, prompted investigators to approach the situation cautiously. They discovered six firearms, body armor, a ballistic shield, and approximately $70,000 in U.S. currency inside the residence.
US Attorney Easley commended the collaborative efforts of the ATF and the Fayetteville Police Department in bringing Goode to justice. The successful prosecution reflects a commitment to dismantling drug trafficking operations and safeguarding communities from the deadly consequences of high-purity narcotics.