North Carolina man convicted on fentanyl, heroin and firearm charges

Published 7:39 am Monday, January 23, 2023

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A federal jury convicted Jarrell Raeshon Bordeaux, of Fayetteville, on charges of conspiracy to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl and 100 grams or more of heroin, distributing heroin and fentanyl, and possessing five firearms in furtherance of his drug trafficking crimes, according to a January 13, 2023 press release from the U.S. Department of Justice, Eastern District of North Carolina.

“This defendant was dealing dangerous illicit fentanyl, putting the community, and his own child, in danger, storing potentially deadly fentanyl in the same room where his son played,” said U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina Michael Easley. “Our office is partnering with law enforcement at every level to fight the fentanyl epidemic and put armed drug traffickers behind bars.”

According to court records and evidence presented at trial, Bordeaux sold ounces of fentanyl and heroin to a confidential informant on 10 separate occasions. During the drug deals, Bordeaux bragged about how successful he was at dealing drugs and how he operated to avoid being caught, according to the release.

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“Law enforcement later executed search warrants at two locations that Bordeaux used to distribute drugs,” stated the release. “At his house, officers found his seven-year-old son playing video games in the same room as seven ounces of fentanyl and heroin and two loaded handguns that were stolen. At another location, officers seized three more handguns along with tools and packaging Bordeaux used to distribute drugs.”

The jury convicted Bordeaux of all 13 counts he was charged with and he faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years imprisonment when sentenced in April 2023.

Easley made the announcement after Chief U.S. District Judge Richard E. Myers II accepted the verdict. The Fayetteville Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Tyler Lemons and Nick Hartigan are prosecuting.