An Elizabeth City man facing more than 16 years in prison for drug trafficking and weapons charges stated that he started selling crack cocaine when he was 13 or 14 years old, prosecutors said.
Jerel Leon Jordan was one of two men sentenced for trafficking cocaine in the Elizabeth City area.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Jordan distributed cocaine and cocaine base in the Elizabeth City and Pasquotank County area from as early as 2015 until his arrest in late-2016.
Informants told law enforcement Jordan was trafficking cocaine out of his house and was known for carrying a gun.
Authorities said Jordan would routinely leave his home and go to several areas around the city, where he made several hand-to-hand deliveries to known drug dealers.
Law enforcement raided his home on Dec. 28, 2016 and found a host of evidence: a loaded .45 caliber handgun; 26.25 grams of cocaine; 156.05 grams of crack cocaine; 41 rounds of ammo; digital scales; a money counter; two gun cases; and two boxes of sandwich bags.
Jordan was found guilty during a trial last December of possession with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime and possession of a firearm by a felon.
Prosecutors said Jordan immediately provided a statement in which he said that he started selling “street-level” amounts of crack cocaine when he was 13 or 14 years old. He stated that he “stepped up” his activities early in 2016 by selling a half kilogram of crack cocaine each month.
The other man charged, James Calvin Brooks, was sentenced to 12 years and six months in prison after he pleaded guilty last December.