Kelvin L. Brown, aka “Doom,” 34, of Newport News, Virginia, was convicted yesterday by a federal jury of participating in a drug conspiracy in the Newport News area, from the early 2000’s through September 2013. Brown was also convicted of distribution of cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, two counts of possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and felon in possession of a firearm.
Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente for the Eastern District of Virginia, Special Agent in Charge Royce E. Curtin of the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office and Chief Richard W. Myers of the Newport News Police made the announcement after the verdict was accepted by U.S. District Judge Robert G. Doumar of the Eastern District of Virginia.
During trial, evidence was presented of various drug transactions and firearms possession by Brown and co-conspirators to protect the drug conspiracy and its proceeds, and threats made by Brown against a cooperating witness during the course of the case. On Sept. 13, 2013, officers of the Newport News Police Department seized a firearm, a scale and cocaine in a barricaded apartment occupied by Brown.
This investigation was led by FBI and the Safe Streets Task Force, with assistance from the Newport News Police, the Virginia State Police and the Newport News Commonwealth Attorney’s Office. This case was prosecuted by Trial Attorney Joseph K. Wheatley of the Criminal Division’s Organized Crime and Gang Section and Managing Assistant U.S. Attorney Howard J. Zlotnick of the Eastern District of Virginia.