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Press Release

Jacksonville Man Indicted for Distribution of Heroin that Resulted in Death

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

Raleigh – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announces that RANDON AUSTIN JENKINS, A/K/A “JERZ,” was indicted yesterday on additional charges, including distribution of a quantity of heroin resulting in serious bodily injury and death.

JENKINS was named in a Superseding Indictment filed on April 24, 2018, charging him with eleven counts of narcotics and firearms offenses, including: distribution of heroin, fentanyl, and crack cocaine; possession with intent to distribute heroin and crack; possession of a firearm by a felon; and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.  If convicted of the charge alleging distribution resulting in serious bodily injury and death, he would face a minimum term of imprisonment of 20 years and a maximum term of imprisonment of life, up to a $2,000,000 fine, and a term of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.

Mr. Higdon commented:  “The United States Justice Department and the United States Attorneys’s Office are aggressively pursuing distributors of heroin and fentanyl.  These drugs pose a serious danger to the people of Eastern North Carolina and we intend to remove that danger as part of our effort to “Take Back North Carolina” from the drug traffickers and violent criminals.”

The charges and allegations contained in the Superseding Indictment are merely accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Investigation of this case is being conducted by the Jacksonville Police Department.    Assistant United States Attorney Laura S. Howard is representing the government.

Updated April 25, 2018