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Washington, DC Drug Dealer Pleads Guilty to Heroin Distribution

Defendant sold heroin that resulted in three overdose deaths in northern Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 22, 2014

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Eugene Asomani Williams, also known as “Shine,” 35, of Washington, DC, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin and to using and possessing a firearm during and in furtherance of drug trafficking.

Dana J. Boente, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Karl C. Colder, Special Agent in Charge for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Washington Field Division, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by United States District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema.

Williams was indicted on November 21, 2013 by a federal grand jury on the charges to which he entered guilty pleas.  Williams faces a mandatory minimum term of 15 years of incarceration and a maximum penalty of life in prison when he is sentenced on April 18, 2014.

In a statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, Williams admitted to selling over one kilogram of heroin in the Washington metropolitan area since 2004.  Williams further admitted that heroin he distributed in 2012 and 2013 led to three overdose deaths in Virginia.  As detailed in the indictment and statement of facts, in January 2012, an Army Private stationed at Fort Belvoir died of an overdose after using heroin sold by the defendant.  In February 2012 and April 2013, two other individuals died as a result of using heroin sold by the defendant.

The defendant also admitted to regularly carrying a firearm in furtherance of his heroin trafficking activities.  The defendant stated that the firearm he used most recently was a .38 caliber revolver.  Additionally, DEA seized .45 caliber ammunition from the defendant’s home during the execution of a search warrant in September 2013.

This case was investigated by the DEA’s Washington Field Division, with assistance from the U.S. Army’s Criminal Investigation Division and the Fairfax County Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorneys Michael P. Ben’Ary and Julia K. Martinez are 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 https://pcl.uscourts.gov.

 

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