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Press Release

Cocaine Supplier for Local Bloods Gang Sentenced to Prison

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

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A California man was sentenced today to 16 years in prison for supplying cocaine and other controlled substances to individuals in Virginia.

According to court documents, from 2015 until early 2019, Chad Stewart, 44, of Anaheim, supplied cocaine and other controlled substances to multiple drug distribution cells located in Northern Virginia. Most notably, Stewart supplied cocaine to associates and members of the Imperial Gansta Bloods, a criminal street gang. His customers would compile and return tens of thousands of dollars of drug proceeds to him, sometimes via shipments of bulk cash, and sometimes by hand carrying bulk cash to California and delivering it to Stewart in person. Stewart admitted to shipping nearly 150 kilograms of cocaine, along with at least one kilogram of heroin.

G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Ashan M. Benedict, Special Agent in Charge of the ATF’s Washington Field Division, and Jesse R. Fong, Special Agent in Charge for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Washington Field Division, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael P. Ben’Ary prosecuted 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. 1:19-cr-208.


Joshua Stueve
Director of Public Affairs

Updated December 6, 2019

Drug Trafficking