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Jacksonville Man Convicted of Distribution of Heroin Resulting in Death and Other Charges Sentenced to Life Plus Five Years

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. – A Jacksonville man previously convicted of distribution of heroin resulting in death, two counts of possessing a firearm while a felon, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, three counts of distribution of heroin and/or crack, and three counts of possession with intent to distribute heroin, fentanyl, and crack was sentenced to life plus five years in prison today.

According to court records and evidence presented at trial, Randon Austin Jenkins, a/k/a Jerz, 36, provided heroin to a victim who died shortly thereafter of a heroin overdose.  After the victim was discovered, detectives located bags of heroin marked with a unique stamp in the victim’s bedroom.  Detectives utilized informants, cell phone evidence, and other evidence to connect Jenkins to those stamped heroin bags.  They were able to search Jenkins house just two weeks later and located those same stamped heroin bags in his house.  Detectives also located guns and other drugs in the house as well as conducted multiple controlled purchases of drugs from the defendant over the course of the ensuing months. 

G. Norman Acker, III, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge James C. Dever III. Jacksonville Police Department, Onslow County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation assisted in this investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura Howard prosecuted the case.

Related court documents and information can be found on the website of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina or on PACER by searching for Case No 7:18-CR-0006-D.

Updated April 16, 2021