Man sentenced for tampering with surveillance device and using drugs

ByLance T. Lee

Sep 16, 2022

GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT) – District Attorney Jennifer Corbitt announced that a habitual felon was convicted earlier this week of drug possession and tampering with the electronic monitoring device he was required to wear.

Norman Nobles was sentenced to between 97 and 129 months (8 to 10.75 years) in prison by Superior Court Judge Jeffrey B. Foster after a jury found him guilty on Wednesday of interfering with a electronic surveillance, misdemeanor fentanyl possession, drug possession Paraphernalia and resisting a public officer.

At the time of the offense, Nobles was under surveillance following his release for selling heroin. As a condition of his surveillance, Nobles had to wear an electronic monitoring device. On September 27, 2019, Nobles was asked to report to the probation/parole office for failing to charge his electronic monitoring device.

Within minutes of being ordered to report to the office, probation officers received a sabotage alert for Nobles’ electronic monitor. Probation officers located Nobles’ electronic monitor in a cornfield. He has not been found.

On October 8, 2019, Greenville police officers located Nobles in an apartment in Greenville and attempted to take him into custody for shutting off his electronic monitoring device. Nobles struggled with the officers and once the officers took control of Nobles, the officers located 11 bags of fentanyl.

During the trial, Nobles presented evidence that someone else cut the electronic monitoring off his leg.

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