Monday, March 26, 2018

Texas man sentenced for trafficking enough Fentanyl to kill 5.8 million

57-year-old Jeffrey Layne Parker has been ordered to prison following his conviction of trafficking heroin, cocaine and nearly 12 kilograms of fentanyl. Parker was sentenced to serve a total of 168 months in federal prison to be immediately followed by five years of supervised release. The fentanyl found in Parker’s car could have caused the deaths of up to 5.8 million people - more than the populations of Dallas, San Antonio and Houston combined. In handing down the sentence the judge noted the quantities of narcotics found in Parker’s possession, his extensive criminal record and the fact that Parker had transported narcotics loads at least four times.
Parker was first arrested March 7, 2017, after authorities found 16 packages of narcotics concealed in the trunk of his car at the Border Patrol (BP) checkpoint just north of Laredo. This included 11.77 kilograms of fentanyl, 1.85 kilograms of heroin, 76 grams of cocaine and 1.41 kilograms of marijuana. He was arrested but later released following a medical issue.
Parker was arrested three months later on June 7, 2017. At that time, he approached the same checkpoint and agents found nine bundles containing 11.15 kilograms of heroin hidden behind the speakers in a Ford pickup truck he was driving.