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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, November 15, 2019

Cocaine Trafficker Sentenced to Nearly 15 Years in Prison

RICHMOND, Va. – A Hopewell man was sentenced today to nearly 15 years in prison for his role in a cocaine trafficking conspiracy. 

According to court documents, Lorenzo Coleman, 41, was the leader and organizer of a multi-defendant drug trafficking ring that distributed cocaine into Hopewell and the surrounding areas. Coleman admitted that between 2013 and 2015, he conspired to distribute nearly 15 kilograms of cocaine. Coleman fled Virginia in July 2017, but was located by the U.S. Marshals Service last June and returned to Virginia. As part of his plea, Coleman has agreed to forfeit the sum of $500,000, which represents the proceeds of the crime to which he has pleaded guilty.  

G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; David W. Archey, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Richmond Field Office; Jesse R. Fong, Special Agent in Charge for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Washington Field Division; and Colonel John F. Keohane, Chief of Hopewell Police Department, made the announcement after sentencing by Senior U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson. Assistant U.S. Attorney Angela Mastandrea-Miller 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. 3:17-cr-9.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Contact: 
Joshua Stueve Director of Public Affairs joshua.stueve@usdoj.gov
Updated November 15, 2019