North Carolina man sentenced to 20 years in prison for heroin, fentanyl and firearm charges

Published 8:31 am Sunday, May 21, 2023

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A Fayetteville man who now has 10 felony convictions was sentenced Thursday, May 18, 2023 to 240 months in prison for drug conspiracy charges involving heroin and fentanyl, possession with intent to distribute heroin, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice, Eastern District of North Carolina. Kennard Fisher, 46, pleaded guilty to the charges on October 4, 2022.

According to court documents and other information presented in court, in September 2019, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office determined that Fisher was distributing fentanyl and heroin from his home.

“Officers executed a search warrant at the home and found fentanyl, heroin, crack cocaine, three guns, including a Glock 17 9mm, and nearly $2,000 in cash,” stated the release. “When officers arrested Fisher on federal charges in December 2020, they found more heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, and another gun in the same home. Fisher has nine prior state felony convictions, including six convictions for drug trafficking or firearms offenses.”

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Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Louise W. Flanagan. The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Caroline Webb and Nicholas Hartigan prosecuted.