Benson store owner gets 263 years for selling drugs with gun near school

From staff reportsApril 10, 2014 

— A Benson man was sentenced to a little more than 263 years in prison after he was convicted of 25 drug and firearms crimes in federal court.

A federal judge sentenced Felix A. Okafor, 53, on Thursday, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Okafor was an owner of the Flying Eagle convenience store in Benson, the attorney’s office said in a written release.

The charges, which went to trial last summer, included conspiracy to distribute 100 grams of heroin and 100 kilograms of marijuana, four counts of distribution of marijuana, six counts of distribution of heroin, distribution of drugs within 1,000 feet of a school, and 11 counts of possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime, according to the attorney’s office.

Prosecutors argued that Okafor sold heroin several times to an informant at the Flying Eagle store in Benson, always carrying a gun, in late 2011 and early 2012. The store stood next to Benson Middle School.

Okafor was listed as the “registered agent” for Flying Eagle Grocery & Grill, a company created in 2009 and dissolved last year. A different business now operates at the North Wall Street address where authorities say Okafor sold drugs.

Besides 3,157 months in prison, Okafor was sentenced to six years probation.

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