Elizabeth City Man, Yakim Paige Sentenced for Fentanyl and Firearm Offenses
RALEIGH, N.C (STL.News) Yakim Paige of Elizabeth City was sentenced today to 90 months in prison for possession with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of a mixture containing fentanyl and a fentanyl precursor, and aiding and abetting that crime, as well as possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Paige had previously been convicted of five state felonies, including firearm, drug, and assault offenses.
According to court documents and statements made in court, in the months leading to August 2019, the Elizabeth City Police Department received information from two confidential sources that Paige was distributing heroin in Elizabeth City.
On August 20, 2019, law enforcement set up surveillance and witnessed Paige engage in what appeared to be a hand to hand drug deal in an AutoZone parking lot. He was wearing a black single-strap bookbag.
Because Paige was on post-release supervision for a prior offense, officers notified his probation officer. The same day, probation officers went to Paige’s apartment in Elizabeth City to conduct a warrantless search with assistance from law enforcement.
They detained Paige and two other men who were present.