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Chesapeake Man Sentenced to Life for Distributing Heroin

January 20, 2012

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Henry Taylor, Jr., 63, of Chesapeake, Va., was sentenced today to life in prison, for his participation in a conspiracy to distribute heroin.

            Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, James D. Fox, Chief of Newport News Police and Justin K. May, Resident Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration, made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen.  Taylor plead guilty on October 11, 2011.

            According to court documents, Taylor was the leader of a drug trafficking organization that obtained heroin from sources in New York City for distribution on the Virginia Peninsula and elsewhere. He supervised the transportation of the heroin, set the prices, and arranged for storage of the drug. During search warrants executed in August, 2011, agents recovered substantial quantities of heroin from several locations. A search of Taylor’s home resulted in the recovery of a substantial quantity of heroin, approximately $51,000 in U. S. currency, packaging material, a revolver, and a money counting machine.              

            This case was investigated by the DEA and the Newport News Police Department.  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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