U.S. Attorney Bridget M. Brennan announced that Jurmaine A. Jeffries, 32, of Akron, Ohio, was sentenced on Nov. 30, 2021, by Judge Solomon Oliver, Jr to 20 years in prison.
In April of 2018, following a two-week trial, a jury convicted Jeffries of distribution of fentanyl resulting in death and possession with intent to distribute fentanyl. The jury found Jeffries sold the fentanyl that resulted in the death of an Akron woman on Sept. 16, 2015, inside a home on Goodyear Avenue. Testimony and evidence presented at trial showed the woman called and texted Jeffries repeatedly on the day that she died, asking to buy drugs. Jeffries replied, “B right there” and records from cell phone towers put Jeffries near the woman’s residence the day that she died.
Akron police detectives then posed as the woman and texted Jeffries from her phone, asking for more drugs. Jeffries again replied that he would “be right there” and police arrested him when he arrived. Police found Jeffries to be in possession of 38 grams of fentanyl when he was arrested, according to trial testimony and evidence.
This case was investigated by the DEA and Akron Police Department. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Megan R. Miller.