Lehigh Acres man sentenced to 12 years for selling cocaine

Writer: Joey Pellegrino
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Mercorey Murphy, 26. Credit: Lee County Sheriff’s Office

A Lehigh Acres man was sentenced Friday to 12 years in prison for selling cocaine to an undercover detective.

According to the State Attorney’s Office, Mercorey Travaris Murphy, 26, was adjudicated guilty and sentenced to 12 years for two counts of sale or delivery of cocaine. He was also sentenced to 12 years in prison for a violation of probation in a previous case of lewd or lascivious battery. Being arrested and charged in the drug case violated the terms of his probation.

Both sentences will run concurrently.

Murphy’s arrest stems from two drug sales that occurred in May and June 2022. While under
surveillance in May, he sold 1.4 grams of crack cocaine in his driveway to a confidential informant and an undercover detective with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

In June, Murphy sold drugs to the undercover detective again. That time, Murphy stated that he did not have enough “hard,” so he also included “soft,” using street terminology for crack and powder cocaine. The crack cocaine weighted of 0.6 grams and the powder cocaine weighed 1.8 grams.

Murphy also offered his phone number to the undercover detective in case he wanted to buy more
crack cocaine in the future.

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