News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 11, 2007

Newport News Drug Dealer Sentenced to 40 Years in Federal Prison

JUL 11 -- (Newport News, VA) - Frederick Lee Hudson, 26, a.k.a. Michael Deon Booze, was sentenced to 40 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute crack and ecstasy and discharging a firearm during a drug trafficking crime. Hudson had previously pled guilty on April 3, 2007. Chuck Rosenberg, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Edgar A. Domenech, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; Shawn A. Johnson, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration, Washington Division; J.D. “Danny” Diggs, Sheriff, York County Sheriff’s Office; Charles “Chuck” Jordan, Chief of Police, Hampton Police Department; and, James D. Fox, Chief of Police, Newport News Police Department, made the announcement after United States District Judge Robert G. Doumar sentenced Hudson today.

According to court documents, the charges stem from a drug organization that, since January 2005, imported approximately 20 kilograms of crack and significant quantities of ecstasy from California to Hampton Roads. The drugs were shipped through various carriers and by car to about 13 residences in Newport News and Hampton. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash were shipped back to California after distribution of the drugs locally.

In July 2005, Hudson shot at a UPS driver after he believed a crack shipment had been tampered with. In June 2006, when drug proceeds and crack were lost, Hudson participated in a shooting into a Newport News apartment. Bullets from that shooting struck a pregnant woman, however, both she and the baby survived. Again, in July 2006, bullets were fired into an apartment in Hampton in retaliation for the nonpayment of a drug debt. One bullet struck a young woman in the back during that shooting.

The year-long investigation was conducted through the joint efforts of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the York County Sheriff's Office, and the Newport News and Hampton Police Departments.

The Hampton and Newport News Commonwealth Attorney’s Offices assisted in coordinating the prosecution of the case. Assistant United States Attorney Scott Putney prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.

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