Suspect in Norfolk standoff sentenced in Alexandria


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WAVY) – A man that was taken into custody after a 12 hour standoff near Old Dominion University in 2017 was sentenced in court on Friday. 

Alpha Amin Kamara, also known as “Juuce”, was sentenced to five years in prison for charges of possession of firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. He was one of the 28 individuals arrested and charged as part of “Operation Tin Panda.” 

Related: Fugitive arrested near ODU was part of national drug operation

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) began “Operation Tin Panda” in the Spring of 2017 to target individuals selling drugs while armed and other firearm related criminal acts.

Kamara was a wanted fugitive and taken into custody by U.S. Marshals after a 12 hour standoff on W. 43rd Street and Killam Avenue in Norfolk in December 2017. They found him hiding in the attic of the building. 

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