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Virginia Beach Marijuana Growers and Transporters Plead Guilty

August 3, 2010

NORFOLK, Va. – Johnathan Leon Wright, Jr., 28, and Dion Jimon Wright, 34, both of Virginia Beach, Va., pled guilty  today in federal court to conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 1000 or more kilograms of marijuana, 5 kilograms or more of cocaine and 100 or more marijuana plants; and maintaining a drug-involved premise.  Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after their guilty pleas were entered before United States District Judge Mark Davis.  Both are scheduled to be sentenced on October 28, 2010, and they face a maximum sentence of life in prison.

            According to court documents, they were alleged to have been involved in a drug conspiracy for almost five years.  They ran a grow-operation in the Alanton neighborhood of Virginia Beach and had exotic and mid-grade marijuana shipped from California and Arizona to Virginia Beach, via common carrier and in cars by couriers recruited by the organization. In addition, they packaged and sold large amounts cocaine from various locations in Virginia Beach and Norfolk. 

            This case was investigated jointly by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Virginia Beach and Norfolk Police Departments.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Comstock 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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