NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Salvatore Lopiccolo, 35, of Newport News, Va.; Matthew Kidd-Hux, 21, of New Carrollton, MD; John Woodin, 28, of Hampton, Va.; Marcus Woods, 28, of Hampton, Va.; and Meghan Stout, 21, of Gloucester, Va. were arrested today on federal charges of conspiracy and sale and distribution of illegal narcotics, as well as firearm-related charges. The indictment was issued by a federal grand jury in Newport News on November 14, 2014.
Dana J. Boente, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Scot R. Rittenberg, Acting Special Agent in Charge for ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Washington, D.C., Captain Timothy Reibel, Virginia State Police, and J. D. “Danny” Diggs, York County, City of Poquoson Sheriff, made the announcement today.
Lopiccolo faces a maximum penalty of life imprisonment if convicted. Kidd-Hux faces up to 60 years’ imprisonment, Woodin faces up to 100 years’ imprisonment, Woods and Stout each face up to 40 years’ imprisonment.
Law enforcement agents executed search warrants at the Bonsai Pipe and Tobacco stores in York County and Hampton and at four residences in Newport News and Hampton this morning. The arrests are the culmination of a two-year investigation into illegal drug sales at Bonsai Pipe and Tobacco conducted by Homeland Security Investigations, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Division, Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Postal Inspections, Air Force Office of Special Investigation, Coast Guard Investigative Services, York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office, Newport News Police Department, Hampton Police Division and the Virginia State Police Tri-Rivers and Peninsula Narcotics Enforcement Task Forces. Assistant United States Attorney Eric M. Hurt is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.
Criminal indictments are only charges and not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.justice.gov/usao/vae. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on https://pcl.uscourts.gov.