A 24-year-old Virginia man has been sentenced to more than seven years in a federal prison for dealing heroin and cocaine in the Hampton Roads area. The sentence was handed down in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on Oct. 3. A jury found the man guilty of possession of narcotics with the intention to distribute in May.
A tip from the Jefferson Area Drug Enforcement Task Force to the Waynesboro Police Department resulted in a SWAT team raid at a home on James Avenue. Law enforcement had obtained a search warrant for the location where police believed that a man wanted for a parole violation was residing. Officers arrested three men at the location and seized drugs and firearms.
In late September, two Georgia residents were convicted of multiple drug charges by a Virginia jury. The U.S. Department of Justice says the defendants were involved in a "major" drug ring.
At the end of August, federal authorities busted a major drug distribution ring operating in Virginia, North Carolina and Texas. The three-day sting, dubbed "Operation Cookout," resulted in the arrests of 35 people.
On July 9, a 43-year-old Leesburg man was sentenced to 14 years in a Virginia prison after being convicted of multiple drug crimes. Following his release, he will also serve five years of supervised probation and five years of unsupervised probation. An additional 12 years of his sentence were suspended.
A 49-year-old Virginia man, a 42-year-old New York man, and a 28-year-old Georgia man were taken into custody on June 25 when federal agents assigned to a Drug Enforcement Administration narcotics task force conducted an operation in the parking lot of a Virginia Beach Walmart store. A DEA representative was guarded when asked about the details of the operation, but he did say that the men were allegedly involved in a cocaine deal worth $280,000.
A federal judge in Virginia has sentenced a 37-year-old man to 10 years and six months in prison for organizing a plot to buy 100 kilograms of cocaine. The Dominican Republic national entered into a plea agreement with U.S. attorneys in February. The charges he faced carried a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and could have sent him to prison for the rest of his life. A 24-year-old man was sentenced to six years and six months in federal prison for the role he played in the scheme.
Police in Henry County detained a 31-year-old man after his residence was searched as part of an undercover operation. Deputies of the Henry County Sheriff's office searched the man's home after search warrants were executed. The man is suspected of running a meth house.
A judge in Virginia sentenced a 39-year-old man to 10 years in a federal prison on May 7 for conspiring to distribute and possessing with the intention of distributing more than five kilograms of cocaine. The man's sentencing hearing came after a jury found him guilty of the narcotics charges. He was taken into custody in July 2018 by officers from the Norfolk Police Department working with Federal Bureau of Investigation and Drug Enforcement Administration agents.
A 36-year-old man faces a raft of felony and misdemeanor counts after being taken into custody on April 23 by investigators from a regional drug task force. Media reports indicate that the man is being held without bond at the Middle River Regional Jail. According to a press release from the Augusta County Sheriff's Office, the investigation into the man's alleged activities is ongoing, and more charges could be filed against him.