Gastonia Man Gets 25 Years For Drug Conspiracy

CHARLOTTE, NC — Alex McCoy, 32, will spend the next 25 years in prison on multiple charges including felony drug conspiracy.

According to a release, McCoy, of Gastonia, was sentenced to 310 months in prison Monday after pleading guilty in June 2016 to one count of Drug Trafficking Conspiracy and for a supervised release violation. The judge also sentenced McCoy to an additional five years of court supervision upon his release.

Multiple agencies investigated a drug conspiracy involving McCoy and several co-defendents, Mickey Burris, Rodney Moore, and Eric Briggs, from 2011 to June of 2015, officials say. McCoy, according to reports, was the leader of the operation and was responsible for trafficking more than a kilogram of crack cocaine while on federal supervision from a previous drug conviction.

Officials say Burris was sentenced to 120 months and five years supervised release, Moore was sentenced to 51 months and four years supervised released, and Briggs was sentenced to six months and two years supervised release for their roles in the conspiracy.