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New York Man Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Heroin Conspiracy

March 26, 2010

RICHMOND, Va., - Gerrick D. Gambrell, 40, of Bronx, New York, was sentenced today to 30 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute heroin.  Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and James R. Gregorius, Assistant Special Agent-In-Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), made the announcement after the final sentencing today by United States District Judge Henry E. Hudson. 

The evidence established that beginning in January 2000, Gambrell controlled a drug organization that supplied heroin to the Richmond area.  Gambrell, along with other members of the organization regularly transported kilogram quantities of heroin from New York by rental cars for distribution in the Richmond metropolitan area, over a nine year period.  The couriers would conduct business in local hotels, distributing the heroin to local drug dealers, and return to New York with the proceeds of the sale.  Gambrell’s arrest was the culmination of an eight year investigation initiated by the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, and resulted in approximately thirty convictions for serious drug trafficking in the Richmond area.  Following the recent arrest of several close members of the organization, Gambrell was apprehended in New York.  He pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin, a charge that carries a maximum of life imprisonment. 

                At the sentencing hearing, the evidence established that the 30 kilograms, when broken down for sale on the street, amounted to approximately 375,000 doses of heroin, with a street value of over 5 million dollars. 

The case was investigated by the DEA, the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service, the Richmond Police Department, the Hanover County Sheriff’s Department and the Virginia State Police.  Assistant United States Attorney Peter S. Duffey 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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