Pair pleads guilty to drug charges in dogfighting case

Posted at 5:20 PM, Jun 04, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-04 17:20:32-04

New details about two men facing drug and dogfighting charges in Pasquotank County.

They have pleaded guilty to the federal drug charges.

Maurice Baum and Desmond White pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute cocaine and conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute crack cocaine.

The pair also pleaded guilty to using the proceeds from sales to purchase dogs and supplies to train the dogs for fighting.

Both men were arrested in February after a two year investigation.

Officials seized more than 80 pitbulls from Perquimans and Pasquotank Counties.

It was one of the largest dogfighting rings ever discovered in the region.

Lititia Butts and Ladonna Price were later arrested for aiding and abetting dogfighting.

The plea agreement on the federal charges doesn’t impact the state charges, according to District Attorney Frank Parrish.