RALEIGH, N.C. (WVEC) -- Two people from Elizabeth City appeared in federal court this month on weapons and/or drug charges in two separate cases.

After a long-term drug investigation, members of the Elizabeth City Police Department, Paquotank County Sheriff's Office, and North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement arrested Karlos Edwardo Poole on August 24, 2016.

Federal prosecutors later took the case.

On July 17, Poole pleaded guilty to Possessing with the Intent to Distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine and an unspecified amount of heroin, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and Possessing a Firearm in the Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime.

Poole, who has a lengthy criminal history, is scheduled to be sentence in August. The registered sex offender faces a minimum of 21 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison.

On July 18, in an unrelated case, a judge sentenced 36-year-old Donovan Letrell Hall of Elizabeth City to nearly 10 years in prison (110 months) followed by three years of supervised release.

An Elizabeth City police officer arrested Hall on September 11, 2015 after the officer recognized Hall as someone who had an outstanding warrant. When police took him into custody, they found that he had a handgun. Hall was a convicted felon and should not have had the weapon.

Eventually, agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives took the case. Hall received an enhanced punishment during his sentencing for the crime due to his extensive criminal history.