Outlaw Riddle pleads guilty to cocaine charges 

By on May 21, 2020

Faces no less than 10 years imprisonment

(U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of NC) 

RALEIGH – A Kitty Hawk man pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to distribute five kilograms of cocaine.

According to court documents, Herndon Hunt Outlaw Riddle, III, 40, conspired with his codefendant Adolphus McClain to distribute five kilograms of cocaine.  McClain previously pled guilty to the charge and is awaiting sentencing.

Riddle pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute five kilograms or more of Cocaine and faces not less than ten years and up to life imprisonment when he is sentenced during the court’s September 8, 2020 term.

Robert J. Higdon, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, made the announcement after U.S. Magistrate Judge James E. Gates accepted the plea. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations (IRS-CI), the United States Marshals Service (USMS), the North Carolina Department of Insurance, the Dare County Sheriff’s Office, and the Kitty Hawk Police Department assisted in this investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Ethan Ontjes is prosecuting the case.

A copy of this press release is located on our website. Related court documents and information are located on the website of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina or on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:19-cr-00016-D-1.


  • Regina Senn

    Amazing these guys will see more jail time for drugs than a murderer Timothy Sauls for killing my brother!! Just simply amazing!! Nice justice system Dare County!!!

    Thursday, May 21 @ 10:36 pm
  • Johnny Law

    Dare County didn’t make the justice system in North Carolina. No, the justice system is not entirely fair, either. Often, it seems unjust. Criticizing the good people who try to make our justice system fair doesn’t make a positive contribution. While your displeasure is noted, your criticism is unwarranted.

    Friday, May 22 @ 11:54 am
  • Trashcan Man

    10 years is the statutory minimum sentence. Actual sentencing is not until September 8th. Prior convictions and a pre-sentence report will impact the actual sentence. The Judge will also consider sentencing recommendations from both the prosecution and the defense.
    5 kilos is over 11 pounds of cocaine. Serious weight.
    Actual time served will be determined.

    Friday, May 22 @ 9:00 pm
  • hightider

    Regina, Tim Sauls will get considerable time. If convicted of 1st degree, he will get an automatic life sentence. Since he has several past DWI’s his attorney will probably plead diminished capacity and may allow him to plead to 2nd degree. His crime is a state crime. Riddle was convicted of a federal crime and the feds are draconian on drug sentences. All said, I am not concerned about the drug trade – people deal in drugs because the market is out there. No one forces anyone to buy. But I am very concerned about people who kill other people and am very sorry that your brother lost his life. Be patient and Tim Sauls will be punished, worse that Riddle.

    Saturday, May 23 @ 10:29 am