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Newport News Man Sentenced for Heroin Conspiracy

July 20, 2010

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Edward Myricks, age 45 of Newport News, Virginia was sentenced today to 20 years in prison for his participation in a heroin ring that distributed heroin throughout the Virginia Peninsula. Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge Rebecca Beach Smith.

            According to court documents, leaders of the criminal organization obtained heroin in New York City which was transported to “Table Top” locations in the cities of Newport News and Hampton.  These “Table Top” locations were used to store, cut and package bulk heroin into glassine bags for distribution in the cities of Newport News, Hampton, Poquoson, and Williamsburg and in the counties of Gloucester, James City, Mathews, Middlesex and York.  Myricks traveled to New York to obtain heroin for the leaders of the organization, he participated in cutting and packaging heroin, he met mid-level distributors to resupply them with heroin and collect monies from them for the sale of heroin, and at times distributed heroin himself.

            This case was investigated by an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) led by the FBI’s Norfolk Division, and the investigative team that including Newport News Police Department, the Virginia State Police, the Hampton Police Division, the Poquoson Police Department, the Department of Veterans Affairs Office the Inspector General, Criminal Investigations Division, and the United States Army, Criminal Investigations Division.   Assistant United States Attorney Laura P. Tayman 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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