Wilmington man to spend up to 420 months behind bars

GREENVILLE, NC (WECT) – A man from Wilmington was sentenced in federal court last Wednesday on several drug related charges.

According to the US Department of Justice, Rushaun Parker, 21 of Wilmington, will spend up to 420 months behind bars followed by five years supervised release.

Parker was convicted in March for:

  • conspiring to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base
  • distribution of 50 grams or more of cocaine base
  • distribution of 5 grams or more of cocaine base
  • possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of cocaine base
  • possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
  • possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime
  • conspiracy to commit money laundering

According to the DOJ, officers bought crack cocaine from Parker in front of his house on two occasions in 2009.  At the beginning of 2010, authorities executed a search warrant of Parker's home, where officers found 70 grams of crack cocaine.

The investigation revealed Parker had distributed more than five kilograms of crack cocaine and had purchased a Mercedes Benz with the proceeds from the sales.  Parker had the vehicle registered in another person's name at his request.

Investigators discovered pictures of Parker on the internet showing the young man throwing more than $24,000 into a bathroom sink and flashing large amounts of money.

Law enforcement officers say Parker is a validated gang member.

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