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An Enfield man Tuesday entered a guilty plea on two drug counts a federal grand jury lodged against him in September.

During his arraignment in Raleigh, Antonio “Yay-Yo” Nicholson appeared before Chief Judge Terrence W. Boyle.

In count 1, Nicholson pleaded guilty to knowingly and intentionally distributing a quantity of cocaine around June 19 and in count 2 he pleaded guilty to knowingly and intentionally possessing marijuana with intent to distribute around June 20.

Court records show he entered the plea without a written agreement.

He is tentatively scheduled for sentencing for the March 23 term of court at a time, date and place to be determined by Boyle.

The drug bust the indictment was based on occurred in the Enfield area on June 20, the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office said at the time.

It was complaints based on the former federal inmate selling drugs which launched an investigation by Agent D.J. Epperson.

During the search of the residence agents located and seized cocaine, approximately 198 grams of marijuana, a handgun and several items of drug paraphernalia.

Nicholson, 37, was charged not only on counts related to the search warrant but on warrants Epperson obtained when Nicholson reportedly sold cocaine during a controlled buy on June 19.

Originally, Nicholson was released from federal custody on June 15, 2018.

He had been sentenced to 270 months of federal custody in April of 2008 and was to serve five years of supervised release upon the completion of his incarceration.

In February of 2007 he was indicted for knowingly, intentionally and unlawfully combining and conspiring with other persons to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine and 50 grams or more of crack cocaine, according to the original indictment.