Former Inmate Found Guilty of Conspiracy to Smuggle Contraband and Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin into FCC Petersburg
RICHMOND, Va. – A federal jury today convicted Walter Brooks, 57, of Washington, D.C., for his role in a conspiracy to smuggle heroin into the Federal Correctional Complex in Petersburg, Virginia.
Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Michael F.A. Morehart, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Richmond Division; and Gene E. Morrison, Special Agent in Charge of the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General for the Washington Field Office, made the announcement after Brooks’ guilty verdict today in federal court.
The jury convicted Brooks after a two day trial of Conspiracy to Provide Contraband to Inmates, in violation of Title 18, United States Code Section 371; Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess With the Intent to Distribute Heroin, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846; five counts of Providing Contraband to Inmates, in violation of Title, 18 United States Code, Sections 1791; and three counts of Use of a Communication Facility to Commit a Felony, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 843(b).
Brooks is scheduled to be sentence by United States District Judge John A. Gibney on August 9, 2012. He faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison on the conspiracy count; twenty years on the drug conspiracy count and each of the providing contraband to inmates counts, and four years on each of the use of a communication facility counts.
Evidence at trial showed that beginning in 2008 and continuing until October 2011, Brooks conspired with a correction officer and others to smuggle heroin into the Federal Correctional Complex in Petersburg, Virginia. In 2008, Brooks was an inmate at FCC Petersburg when he recruited correctional officer Keif Jackson to smuggle heroin to him in the prison. At Brooks’ request, Jackson contacted acquaintances of Brooks and, on multiple occasions, met with them to obtain heroin. He then smuggled the drugs into the prison.
In October 2010, Brooks was released from FCC Petersburg. At that time, he began to supply heroin directly to Jackson to smuggle into the prison.
On October 10, 2011, Jackson was stopped by law enforcement on his way to work. During a search of his vehicle, officers recovered a package containing heroin. On March 26, 2012, Jackson entered a guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute heroin, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846. Jackson is scheduled to be sentenced on July 18, 2012, before Judge Gibney.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Roderick C. Young.