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New York Woman Sentenced to 87 Months for Transporting Heroin to Richmond

January 29, 2010

(Richmond, Va) - Shaquana L. Mack, 29, of The Bronx, New York, was sentenced today to 87 months in prison for being a courier for New York drug traffickers supplying dealers in Richmond. 

Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Ava Cooper-Davis, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Washington District Office; and Thierry G. Dupuis, Chief of Police, Chesterfield County Police Department, made the announcement after sentencing by Chief United States District Judge James R. Spencer.

On Sept. 29, 2009, Mack pled guilty to a conspiracy to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin.  According to court documents, Mack served as a courier for a New York supplier who distributed multi-kilograms of heroin to several Richmond area dealers.  From 2007 until June 2009, Mack and other female couriers traveled approximately twice per month from New York to Richmond by bus and car carrying heroin concealed on their persons and in their luggage. Once in Richmond, the couriers met with local redistributors to deliver the heroin and collect payment. These meetings took place in several West Broad Street area motels, fast food restaurants, the Richmond bus station and various residences.  On April 22, 2009, a courier was stopped by law enforcement while transporting $55,800, which represented proceeds from the sale of heroin in Richmond by this group.  On June 14, 2009, Mack transported more than half a kilogram of heroin, which she distributed to a Richmond area dealer in exchange for approximately $53,000 in cash.  Mack was stopped carrying the money back to New York.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Chesterfield Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Fernando Groene prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.


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  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at or on



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