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Chesapeake Man Sentenced to 85 Months for Interstate Heroin Trafficking

July 20, 2010

NORFOLK, Va. – Thomas Ryan Hassell, 30, of Chesapeake, Va., was sentenced today to 85months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for his role as a leader of a heroin trafficking ring in Chesapeake.  Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after Hassell was sentenced by United States District Judge Mark Davis.   Hassell previously pled guilty on April 23, 2010.

            In the statement of facts filed with his plea agreement, Hassell admitted to transporting heroin from New York to Virginia for further distribution. Search warrants executed in Chesapeake established that he operated certain premises to distribute the heroin to individuals in the area.

            This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Chesapeake Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Comstock is prosecuting 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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