Richmond Man Pleads Guilty to Running Methamphetamine Stash House
RICHMOND, Va. – Stephen D. Hahne, Jr., 44, of Richmond, Va., pled guilty today to allowing his house in Richmond’s Fan District to be used as a base of operations for an interstate methamphetamine trafficking business.
Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Ava Cooper-Davis, Special Agent in Charge for Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)’s Washington Division; and Bryan Norwood, Chief of the Richmond Police Department, made the announcement after the plea was received by United States District Judge Henry E. Hudson. Judge Hudson will sentence Hahne on September 7, 2011.
According to plea documents, from October 2007 through the fall of 2008, Hahne allowed dealers to operate their interstate methamphetamine distribution businesses out of his residence at 2240 Park Avenue, in the Fan District of Richmond, Va., where they received (sometimes through Fed Ex packages), stored, distributed and used methamphetamine. In return, the dealers provided Hahne with methamphetamine at reduced rates, thus enabling him to obtain and use methamphetamine without having to leave his residence and look for it on the street.
Because Hahne used his residence to facilitate the drug operation, the United States is seeking to forfeit the 2240 Park Avenue residence.
The investigation is part of Operation Endgame, a major Organized Crime Drug Task Force investigation into methamphetamine trafficking in central Virginia and other places. The investigation, which began in the fall of 2007, is continuing.
The case was investigated by DEA’s Richmond Division. Assistant United States Attorney David T. Maguire 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 http://www.justice.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.