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Raleigh man sentenced to more than 12 years for cocaine distribution

Posted December 21, 2020 3:35 p.m. EST

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— On Monday, a Raleigh man was sentenced to 151 months in prison for distribution of cocaine after being caught distributing on multiple occasions across several years.

Kencheul Jacques, 37, pled guilty to the charge on July 30, 2020.

In June of 2017, a Raleigh police officer conducted a drug investigation into street-level drug sales around Bragg Street by using a confidential informant to make a controlled purchase of crack cocaine from Jacques.

When the informant noticed several men gathered near a convenience store on Bragg Street, he asked if anyone had any substances. According to officials, Jacques then asked what the informant wanted, who requested $40 worth of crack cocaine.

Jacques led the informant into the store, where Jacques reportedly produced a plastic bag of the requested illicit substance. The informant paid Jacques, then took the bag of substances to a lab for analysis, which confirmed the illegal substance as crack cocaine.

In 2019, Raleigh police began more surveillance on the Bragg Street area. An officer saw a man approach Jacques, who then "placed something behind a fire hydrant, then handed something to the man."

The officers stopped the man and found a small amount of crack cocaine in his wallet. Behind the fire hydrant, officers found a bag containing 10.17 grams of crack cocaine.

"Jacques was determined to be a Career Offender based on his record of twelve prior convictions, including convictions for Selling Cocaine, Delivering Cocaine, and Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Cocaine," said a release from the Department of Justice.

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