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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of North Carolina

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 10, 2014

Benson Man Sentenced On Narcotics Distribution And Weapons Charges

GREENVILLE - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that today, FELIX A. OKAFOR, 53, of Benson, North Carolina, was sentenced by Senior United States District Judge Malcolm J. Howard to 3,157 months (approximately 263 years) and 6 years of supervised release.  OKAFOR was convicted of 25 drug and firearms offenses including conspiracy to distribute 100 grams of heroin and 100 kilograms of marijuana, four counts of distribution of marijuana, six counts of distribution of heroin, distribution of drugs within 1000 feet of a school, and 11 counts of possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.

During a four day trial that concluded on July 11, 2013, the government presented evidence that between on or about November 8, 2011, through on or about January 11, 2012, OKAFOR sold various quantities of marijuana and heroin multiple times to a confidential informant at the defendant’s convenience store, the Flying Eagle, in Benson, North Carolina.  OKAFOR possessed a gun in his pocket during each of these transactions.  Additionally, the defendant used the Flying Eagle to cut and package the drugs to sell. The store was within 1000 feet of Benson Middle School. 

This case was part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative which encourages federal, state, and local agencies to cooperate in a unified “team effort” against gun crime, targeting repeat offenders who continually plague their communities.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office and North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE). Assistant United States Attorney Ethan A. Ontjes prosecuted the case.

Updated July 14, 2015