Norfolk man sentenced to 20 years for fentanyl distribution, firearm possession

Posted at 9:38 PM, Feb 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-03 21:38:08-05

NORFOLK, Va. — A Norfolk man was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison for distributing fentanyl and for carrying and possessing a firearm during multiple drug-trafficking crimes.

Court documents say in January 2019, 36-year-old Jermaine Curtis Parker, a five-time felon, sold pure fentanyl to an undercover police officer six times. Records say he marketed the drugs as heroin and was armed with a 9mm handgun during at leas three of those deals.

After the sixth purchase, records say ATF agents and police officers executed search warrants on three of Parker's properties and recovered an AR pistol, an AR-type rifle and other handguns.

Distribution amounts of marijuana, cutting agents and drug-packaging materials for heroin were also found at these residences. One of the handguns had been reported stolen during a vehicle theft in Norfolk.

Parker was arrested outside one of these properties after engaging in a standoff with the police, during which he refused to leave the home. He later admitted to using the delay to hide one of his guns in the HVAC system, documents say.