Authorities have leveled charges related to alleged narcotic trafficking offenses against 12 individuals in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. Among the accused was the 55-year-old father of ex-NFL quarterback Michael Vick. News sources said that he and others were indicted for allegedly making plans to distribute at least one kilogram of heroin.
Virginia hip-hop fans may have heard about Chief Keef's legal troubles. On June 12 at about 8:30 a.m., airport security in Sioux Falls found four blunts and two marijuana edibles in his luggage. At about 9:12 that morning, the rapper was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. It was believed that he had between two ounces and a half-pound of the drug.
Virginia residents who have followed the career of Rich Homie Quan may have heard about his recent legal troubles. The rapper was taken into custody while on his way to a performance in his home state of Georgia. Police first made contact with Quan and five other men at a checkpoint.
On May 23, it was reported that a Virginia man who pleaded guilty to six drug-related felonies was sentenced to 39 years in prison with 33 years and seven months suspended. The Ringgold man, age 42, was taken into custody and charged following a narcotics investigation and a search of his home.
Two women were arrested following a drug raid in Bristol on May 1. According to police, a search warrant was obtained for a residence located on the 400 block of Lee Street. At approximately 9:30 p.m., police officers set off flash bangs to create a distraction while officers entered the home.
On April 14, it was reported that several Virginia men were taken into custody after it was alleged that they were involved in a drug ring. The arrests occurred after a month-long investigation that began with a single child abuse complaint. Although a total of nine individuals have been taken into custody, two were still on the run.
Singer and Virginia native Chris Brown could soon face federal drug charges, according to multiple media reports. The hip-hop artist is suspected of wiring $15,000 to a Miami music producer in exchange for illegal drugs.
On March 29, police received a report about a suspicious white van in Virginia's Nelson County. They pulled the van over and found marijuana in the vehicle. The police also took the driver of the van, a man, and the passenger, a 39-year-old woman, into custody. They were charged with one felony count of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
On March 31, a 34-year-old Portsmouth man was sentenced to 25 years in prison for his role in a drug trafficking ring. Four other Virginia residents were previously sentenced in the case.
On March 22, it was reported that a Virginia man was sentenced to prison on charges that included possession with intent to distribute cocaine, heroin and marijuana. He had pleaded guilty to the charges on March 14 though he was actually taken into custody in 2014.