Putnam County drug dealer charged with killing customer


WHITE PLAINS – Two years after a Putnam County man served 24 years in prison for murder, he was arrested for killing a customer days ago.

Federal authorities allege that Dwayne Pulliam, also known as “Doc,” 59, of Patterson, killed one of his customers, Lori Lee Campbell, 59, of Carmel, because he suspected she was stealing from him.

Pulliam is believed to have murdered Campbell on March 29 of this year, and then with the aid of another man, drove her body to his mother’s house in North Carolina where they buried her covered in lime in a shallow grave.

Police found and recovered Campbell’s body on April 18.

Pulliam was arrested in New Milford, Connecticut and charged in White Plains federal court with participating in a crack cocaine distribution conspiracy, traveling between New York and Connecticut and using cellphones to conduct a narcotics enterprise, and murdering Campbell.

Pulliam allegedly told his co-conspirator he would kill his family if he did not help him move the body from his Patterson apartment, drive to North Carolina and bury it.

Pulliam was charged with traveling in interstate commerce, and using a facility in interstate commerce, with intent to engage in drug sales, and then killing Campbell. He was also charged with participating in a conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 28 grams and more of crack cocaine.

The travel act count carries a maximum of life in prison. The narcotics conspiracy count carries from five to 40 years in prison.

The investigation was conducted by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, the FBI Charlotte Division, the DEA New York Division, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office, Connecticut State Police, and the Putnam County District Attorney’s Office.

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