Norfolk Man Convicted of Conspiracy, Drug Distribution, Money Laundering and Racketeering Charges
NORFOLK, Va. – Percy James Tucker, 58, of Norfolk, Va., was convicted late last night by a federal jury on all counts relating to conspiracy, drug distribution, money laundering, and racketeering charges.
Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after the verdicts were accepted by United States District Court Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen. Tucker faces a maximum term of life in prison, plus 180 years when he is sentenced on December 14, 2012.
According to court records and evidence at trial, Tucker was involved in a conspiracy to traffic marijuana and cocaine and laundered the drug proceeds through various businesses. Tucker was listed as the registered agent on twenty Virginia corporations many of which have been administratively dissolved by the Virginia State Corporation Commission after short periods of time for failure to renew. Several trucking companies were set up to pose as backdrops for money laundering activities and to confuse the trail of anyone scrutinizing the activities. Trucks were purchased with drug proceeds, drivers were hired and some legitimate delivers were made. The drivers, and other operating expenses, were paid in cash earned from drug trafficking, and funds earned from the legitimate trucking activities were banked, allowing others to claim legitimate employment and source of income for drug proceeds. Evidence presented at trial showed that cash was sent south and tractor trailers and vehicles were used to move marijuana and cocaine from El Paso and Atlanta to warehouses in Virginia.
Tucker was the front man on numerous other business ventures for co-conspirators, including a Virginia Beach restaurant/nightclub named Ba Da Bings, Oceana Seafood Market, a record label named Illuminatti Network, Inc., Hassell Trucking, JH Promotions, Bragg Trucking, D&T Trucking, School of Trucking, School of Transportation Management and Logistics, Inc., and several others.
This case was an OCDETF investigation named “Operation Cars, Bars and SARs.” The case was investigated by the DEA’s Norfolk Resident Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosive, the Norfolk and Chesapeake Police Departments, and Virginia ABC agents. Assistant United States Attorney Sherrie Capotosto prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.