News

Man found with 18,000 fentanyl pills in I-95 crash sentenced to prison

The U.S. District Court in Alexandria (via Google Maps)

A 25-year-old man whose extensive stash of fentanyl was discovered after a police pursuit in Lorton last summer now faces over 11 years in prison.

A federal judge sentenced Alpha Amin Kamara to 135 months in prison on Friday (March 10) for engaging in a conspiracy to distribute thousands of counterfeit pills containing fentanyl around Northern Virginia, federal prosecutors announced.

Identified as an Alexandria resident, Kamara was arrested on June 26, just days after being released from custody in connection to an earlier drug trafficking case.

More from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia:

According to court documents, Alpha Amin Kamara, 25, engaged in a conspiracy to distribute thousands of fentanyl pills from May 2022 until his arrest on June 26, 2022. Kamara was serving a term of home confinement when he entered the conspiracy, following his release from the custody of the Bureau of Prisons just days earlier. He immediately began distributing fentanyl pills to customers in northern Virginia, which he obtained through the U.S. Postal Service from sources in Arizona and Washington state.

On June 26, 2022, while driving a stolen vehicle, Kamara led police on a chase at speeds in excess of 140 miles per hour on Interstate 95. The resulting crash led to the discovery of over 18,000 fentanyl pills in the back of the stolen vehicle.

A day after his arrest, Kamara was released on his own recognizance, a decision attributed to a Fairfax County General District Court judge, according to FOX5.

His release came even though he had recently exited house arrest and was still under supervised custody for a 2017 case, where he was found guilty of possessing a firearm in furtherance a drug trafficking crime.

According to news reports from that time, Kamara was arrested by U.S. Marshals in December 2017 after a 12-hour standoff with police in Norfolk. In 2018, he was sentenced to five years in prison as part of a larger case known as “Operation Tin Panda.”

A day after he was released from Fairfax County jail last June, Kamara was arrested again by federal agents and held on federal charges, FOX5 reported. He was sentenced Friday at the U.S. District Court in Alexandria by Senior Judge T. S. Ellis, III.

Photo via Google Maps