Drug Dealer, Quadarrius “Reckless” Cotten Who Brought Young Children to Drug Deal Receives 78 Months in Federal Prison
WILMINGTON, N.C (STL.News) A New Hanover County man was sentenced yesterday to 78 months imprisonment for distribution of a quantity of heroin and fentanyl; possession with intent to distribute a quantity of heroin; and, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
According to court documents and other evidence, on January 22, 2020, the Wilmington Police Department conducted a controlled purchase of heroin from Quadarrius “Reckless” Cotten, 23, in the bathroom of a Burger King restaurant in Wilmington. At time the of the sale, Cotten was accompanied by two young children. A photograph introduced at the sentencing hearing showed one of the children wearing a Burger King crown standing next to Cotten as he delivered the drugs.
On January 28, 2020, the Wilmington Police Department conducted a second controlled purchase of fentanyl and a firearm from Cotten . Law enforcement later determined that the firearm which Cotten possessed during the offense was stolen.
On May 16, 2020, the Wilmington Police Department was conducting surveillance in the area of 6th and Campbell Streets due to concerns over retaliatory gang violence.