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

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Fifth Member of Drug Conspiracy Sentenced to 20 Years

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – A Newport man was sentenced today to 20 years in prison for his role in a cocaine trafficking conspiracy and obstruction of justice.

According to court documents, Marcus Davis, 37, was an associate of Marvin O’Neal Carter, the former leader of a large-scale cocaine trafficking conspiracy who was sentenced to 27 years in prison on Nov. 2, 2017. Davis sold heroin from Carter’s 39th Street garage and helped Carter conceal the delivery of 54 kilograms of cocaine on October 20, 2016. He also obstructed the federal drug investigation by writing a letter to an uncharged member of the conspiracy after Davis met with federal agents in May, 2017.

Marvin O’Neal Carter, 50, along with Michael Stephen Kuna, 42, of Canada, and brothers Hilario Rodriguez, 50, and Daniel Rodriguez, 49, both of California, were charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine. Carter was also charged with possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime and maintaining a drug involved premises.

All five members of the drug trafficking conspiracy have been convicted and sentenced:


Sentencing Date

Total Sentence

Marcus Davis

Feb. 14, 2018

240 months

Marvin Carter

Nov. 7, 2017

324 months

Michael Kuna

Oct. 19, 2017

144 months

Daniel Rodriguez

July 20, 2017

120 months

Hilario Rodriguez

July 12, 2017

162 months


According to court documents, agents observed the arrival of a tractor-trailer at a garage leased by Carter. With the assistance of Michael Kuna, who stopped traffic and directed the driver, the trailer was off-loaded next to the garage. Agents observed Daniel and Hilario Rodriguez arrive and park in Carter’s garage parking lot. The men then worked together to unload cocaine from a hidden compartment located underneath the trailer. A short time later, Kuna left and returned with two large duffel bags which were taken underneath the trailer. Kuna left the location after loading the now-empty duffel bags into a vehicle. Law enforcement agents conducted a traffic stop on Kuna and located the two duffle bags which smelled of bulk currency. As Kuna was being detained, agents executed two federal search warrants on the garage and trailer. During the search, approximately 54 kilograms of cocaine and 100 bundles of cash in $5,000 to $10,000 stacks, totaling nearly $1 million, were recovered. The search of the garage also led to the recovery of a firearm, a quantity of heroin and more cocaine, in addition to approximately $49,000 in cash from a safe.

Tracy Doherty-McCormick, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Karl C. Colder, Special Agent in Charge for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Washington Field Division, Martin Culbreth, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office, Michael C. Grinstead, Acting Chief of Newport News Police, Terry L. Sult, Chief of Hampton Police Division, and Anton A. Bell, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Hampton, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Raymond A. Jackson. Managing Assistant U.S. Attorney Howard J. Zlotnick and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Amy E. Cross 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 is located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 4:16-cr-76.

Drug Trafficking
Joshua Stueve Director of Communications
Updated February 14, 2018