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Heroin, Ecstasy and Oxycodone Supplier Pleads Guilty

April 29, 2014

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Darius Nicholson, 33, of Baltimore, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to a single-count indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, oxycodone and ecstasy pills.

Dana J. Boente, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Karl C. Colder, Special Agent in Charge for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Washington Field Division; and Colonel Edwin C. Roessler Jr., Fairfax County Chief of Police, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by U.S. District Judge Anthony J. Trenga.

Nicholson faces a mandatory minimum term of ten years in prison and a maximum term of life imprisonment when he is sentenced on July 25, 2014.

In a statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, Nicholson admitted that from about February 2012 until February 2013, he distributed various quantities of heroin, oxycodone and ecstasy pills to a co-conspirator who delivered the illegal drugs to a customer in the Eastern District of Virginia.  During the course of the conspiracy, Nicholson distributed approximately 196 grams of heroin, 75 oxycodone pills and 11,600 ecstasy pills.  The conspirators obtained approximately $89,750.00 in profit from the sales of illegal drugs.

This case was investigated by the DEA and the Fairfax County Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam B. Schwartz and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholis D. Mutton 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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