Cocaine Supplier Sentenced to 22 Years in Prison
NORFOLK, Va. –David Edward Bragg, Jr., 35, of Norfolk, Va., was sentenced today in Norfolk federal court to 22 years in prison for supplying cocaine from Atlanta, Ga., to the Tidewater area.
Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Ava Cooper-Davis, Special Agent in Charge for Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)’s Washington Division, made the announcement after Bragg was sentenced by United States District Judge Mark S. Davis. Bragg previously pled guilty to conspiring to distribute cocaine and being a felon in possession of a firearm on Oct. 28, 2010.
“Bragg not only brought cocaine into this region, but he also set up many local businesses to launder the drug money,” said U.S. Attorney MacBride. “Today’s sentence should be another strong warning that we are committed to going after those who traffic cocaine in Tidewater.”
According to court documents, Bragg was a supplier in an eight-year scheme to move cocaine between Atlanta and Chesapeake, Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Va., and spent $127,210 in airline travel, hotels, and rental cars for trips between Virginia and Atlanta between 2004 and 2008. Bragg laundered the money he made selling cocaine through trucking companies and several well-known nightclubs in Virginia Beach, including “Bada Bing’s,” “Club Mystique” and “Shakespeare’s.”
Over the course of the investigation, approximately $600,000 in cash was seized from vehicles driven by either Bragg or his associates while driving back and forth to Atlanta and El Paso, Texas. As part of the resolution of this case, the United States seized a luxury home in Atlanta, a 2007 Mercedes S550, and approximately $9,000 in cash recovered upon Bragg’s arrest.
This case was investigated by the DEA’s Norfolk Resident Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Norfolk and Chesapeake Police Departments, and Virginia ABC agents. Assistant United States Attorney Sherrie Capotosto 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 http://www.usdoj.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 http://pacer.uspci.uscourts.gov.