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Massachusetts Man Sentenced to 27 Years in Prison on Drug Conspiracy Charge

July 22, 2011

NORFOLK, Va. – Michael Cromwell, 43, of Stoughton, Mass., was sentenced today in Norfolk federal court to 27 years in prison for his role in a conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine, marijuana, heroin and crack cocaine.

            Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after Cromwell was sentenced by Senior United States District Judge Jerome Friedman. Cromwell previously pled guilty on April 27, 2011.

            According to court documents, Cromwell was the leader of a drug trafficking organization spanning 17 years.  The organization was responsible for the importation of 488 kilograms of cocaine and nearly 2,000 pounds of marijuana from Mexico through Texas, and distributed in the Tidewater area.  They also were responsible for the sale of lesser quantities of heroin and crack.  The drugs were concealed in hidden compartments in tractor trailers and passenger vehicles.  Nearly $700,000 was seized from one conspirator when he was apprehended on his way to Texas.

            This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Virginia Beach and Norfolk Police Departments.  Assistant United States Attorney Laura Everhart 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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