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Wilmington Man Receives More Than 12 Years in Federal Prison

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

RALEIGH, N.C. – A Wilmington, NC man was sentenced on Friday, December 4th to 151 months in prison for the distribution of a quantity of cocaine base (crack) and a quantity of heroin.

According to court documents, Percy Parker, 40, sold a quantity of cocaine base (crack) and a quantity of heroin to a confidential informant on September 17, 2019.  Parker committed the sale of a quantity of cocaine base (crack) while on supervision after having been released from state custody in August 2019.  Court documents indicate that Parker had an extensive criminal history with the State of North Carolina and at least two prior sentences for Possession with the Intent to Manufacture, Sell or Deliver Controlled Substances that carried a sentence in excess of one year.  As a result, Parker qualified as a career offender.       

Robert J. Higdon, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III. The Wilmington Police Department, New Hanover County Sheriff’s Department, Coastal Criminal Enterprise Task Force and the Federal Bureau of Investigation  investigated the case and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Murphy Averitt prosecuted the case.

This case is part of the Take Back North Carolina Initiative of The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina.  This initiative emphasizes the regional assignment of federal prosecutors to work with law enforcement and District Attorney’s Offices on a sustained basis in those communities to reduce the violent crime rate, drug trafficking, and crimes against law enforcement.

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. 7:19-cr-00185-D.


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Updated December 7, 2020

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