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Automotive Shop Owner Convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute Fentanyl and Marijuana in Hampton Roads

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Virginia

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – A federal jury convicted a Hampton man late Friday afternoon of conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute fentanyl and marijuana.

According to court records and evidence presented at trial, from approximately September 2019, until his arrest in April 2022, Orlando Roosevelt Adkins, 45, operated and managed Elite Customs, an automotive repair and custom autobody shop in Hampton, Virginia. During this time, this property was used as a drug-involved premises for a drug trafficking conspiracy. Within this conspiracy, the co-conspirators, including Adkins, distributed and possessed quantities of fentanyl and marijuana. The conspirators would purchase and receive drugs from suppliers in Mexico, Texas, California, and North Carolina, and arrange for the drugs to be transported to Virginia using rental vehicles, couriers, postal services, semi-trailers, trucks, and recreational vehicles. According to witnesses, Adkins facilitated the trafficking scheme by maintaining Elite Customs as a central point of operations for the conspiracy and cultivated illicit business relationships among conspirators.

On June 26, 2023, Adkins pleaded guilty to charges of distribution of marijuana, maintaining a drug-involved premises, and two counts of using a communication facility in furtherance of drug trafficking, but denied involvement in any drug trafficking conspiracy. Adkins was tried last week on the remaining conspiracy charge, during which the federal jury found that Adkins was, in fact, part of a drug conspiracy that involved fentanyl and marijuana.

Adkins was convicted of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute fentanyl and marijuana and faces a mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison when sentenced on November 28. 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.

Jessica D. Aber, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Jarod Forget, Special Agent in Charge for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Washington Division; Derek W. Gordon, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Homeland Security Investigations; Mark G. Solesky, Chief of Chesapeake Police; Orrin Gallop, Interim Chief of Hampton Police; Steve R. Drew, Chief of Newport News Police; and Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent, made the announcement after U.S. District Judge Jamar K. Walker accepted the verdict.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter Osyf and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared Engelking prosecuted the case.

This case is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at

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. 4:22-cr-20.

Updated September 1, 2023

Drug Trafficking