EC man sentenced to 16 years for fed drug, weapons charges


From staff reports

Thursday, May 10, 2018

An Elizabeth City man who claims he began selling cocaine as early as age 13, has been sentenced to 16 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to drug and weapons charges.

Jerel Leon Jordan, 24, received the sentence after appearing before Chief U.S. District Court Judge James C. Dever III on May 7, a city police department press release states.

Jordan was arrested on Dec. 28, 2016, after narcotics agents with the city police department seized more than 200 grams cocaine and a loaded firearm at Jordan’s residence on Red Cedar Run Road. Jordan’s arrest followed a six-month drug investigation, police said.

Jordan originally was charged with state offenses that included trafficking cocaine and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Several days after his arrest, Jordan’s case was turned over to federal authorities for prosecution in federal court. He has been in federal custody since.

Police said Jordan has been a source of cocaine in the Elizabeth City area for years. He told investigators he began selling cocaine at age 13 or 14, police said.