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Joint release from Attorney General Mark Herring and the Department of Justice ...
DC HEROIN DEALER ENTERS GUILTY PLEA IN VIRGINIA
~ Sold to residents of Orange and Culpeper Counties ~
RICHMOND, Va. - Andre Dwight Williams, 35, of Washington, D.C., pleaded guilty on February 7, 2015 to federal charges of conspiracy to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin. In a statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, Williams, a Washington, D.C. based drug dealer, admitted to selling heroin to dozens of individuals from Orange and Culpeper counties who traveled through the Eastern District of Virginia to meet him.Virginia Assistant Attorney General/Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Marc J. Birnbaum is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States following an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Orange County Sheriff's Office and Virginia State Police Blue Ridge Narcotics and Gang Task Force.
Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring made the announcement after the plea was accepted by U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis, III. Sentencing is set for April 10, 2015.
"It's a good day when one less heroin dealer can exploit Virginians struggling with addiction, especially in Orange and Culpeper counties, where law enforcement has told me the influx of heroin has been particularly severe," said Attorney General Herring. "This case shows that a collaborative approach between local, state, and federal partners is key in effectively addressing Virginia's heroin and prescription drug crisis."
Williams was indicted by a federal grand on December 18, 2014. Williams faces a maximum penalty of life in prison if convicted. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:14cr428.
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