Armed Drug Dealer Pleads Guilty to Drug and Firearm Charges
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – A Hampton man pleaded guilty today to distributing cocaine and heroin while having a firearm.
According to court documents, Lorenzo Golden, 35, admitted that he had agreed to distribute and distributed more than five kilograms of cocaine and more than a kilogram of heroin, including two heroin sales to law enforcement in February and March, 2018. Golden took over a residence in the 400 block of East Pembroke Avenue and used the residence to distribute cocaine and heroin. In July 2018, law enforcement executed search warrants on the residence and a storage unit connected to Golden. They recovered scales, cellular phones, five firearms, ammunition, packaging materials and other items used in the sale of drugs.
Golden pleaded guilty to conspiracy, distribution, and possession of cocaine and heroin, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years and up to life in prison when sentenced on October 10. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), which is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.
G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Jesse R. Fong, Special Agent in Charge for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Washington Field Division, Terry L. Sult, Chief of Hampton Police Division, and Anton Bell, Hampton Commonwealth Attorney, made the announcement after Senior U.S. District Judge Robert G. Doumar accepted the plea. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Amy Cross is prosecuting the case.
A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information are located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 4:18-cr-90.
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