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Fentanyl distributor sentenced to prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Georgia

GAINESVILLE, Ga. - Jamerris Head has been sentenced to 12 years for selling fentanyl after pleading guilty to distribution of a controlled substance on July 13, 2022.

“Fentanyl has claimed too many lives, especially from our youth,” said U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Buchanan.  “We are grateful to our law enforcement partners for working hard to prevent this deadly drug from claiming more lives in accidental overdoses.”

“Fentanyl poisonings have taken a terrible toll on our communities.” said Robert J. Murphy, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Atlanta Division.  “This criminal must now face the consequences of his actions.”

“Fentanyl is a dangerous and highly toxic drug that has wreaked havoc in far too many communities.  Disrupting the manufacturers and distributers of this poison remains a high priority for the GBI’s drug enforcement offices,” said Mike Register, Director, Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

According to U.S. Attorney Buchanan, the charges and other information presented in court: Between April and August of 2021, Jamerris Head sold multiple ounces of fentanyl on several occasions during controlled purchases by law enforcement. At the time of his arrest, agents seized approximately one kilogram of fentanyl, in both pill and powder form, and two firearms.

Jamerris Head, 39, of Buford, Georgia, was sentenced to 12 years in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Keen prosecuted the case.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta recommends parents and children learn about the dangers of drugs at the following web site:

For further information please contact the U.S. Attorney’s Public Affairs Office at or (404) 581-6016.  The Internet address for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia is

Updated May 18, 2023

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