Leader of Methylone Trafficking Ring Sentenced to 78 Months
RICHMOND, Va. – Trever Tutwiler, 22, of Henrico, Va., was sentenced today to 78 months in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, for his leadership role in conspiring to import a kilogram of methylone into the United States from China.
Dana J. Boente, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Scot R. Rittenberg, Acting Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Washington; and Douglas A. Middleton, Chief of the Henrico County Police Division, made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge John A. Gibney.
Tutwiler pled guilty on November 18, 2013. According to court documents, Tutwiler served as the leader of a suburban drug trafficking group that imported methylone from China. As part of the conspiracy, Tutwiler pooled money from his co-conspirators and ordered a kilogram of methylone off the website of a business located in China. Upon entering the United States, the package of methylone was discovered by law enforcement. Subsequently, law enforcement conducted a controlled delivery of the methylone to Tutwiler’s residence. After taking possession of the methylone, Tutwiler left his residence, and was apprehended by police.
This case was investigated by ICE HSI and the Henrico County Police Division. Assistant United States Attorney Erik S. Siebert and Special Assistant United States Attorney Matthew Ackley prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.