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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 22, 2018

Former Police Officer Arrested on Drug and Tampering Charges

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – A former Hampton Police Officer was arrested yesterday in Idaho on charges of conspiring to distribute narcotics and tampering with a witness.

According to allegations in the indictment, Deangelo Freeman, 30, conspired with Alex Jermaine Burnett, aka “Da Boss” aka “Styles”, Charles McMillan aka “Cee Mack”, Charles Bailey, Jr., Mario Deyon Barrett aka “Rio”, Jordan Davis, and Stanley Freeman aka “Pacman”, to distribute various narcotics in Hampton Roads. Freeman is also alleged to have committed witness tampering by providing the identity of an FBI confidential informant to his co-conspirators.

Freeman has been charged with conspiring to possess with intent to distribute narcotics, distribution of narcotics, and tampering with a witness. He faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison if convicted. 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.

Tracy Doherty-McCormick, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Martin Culbreth, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office, and Terry L. Sult, Chief of Hampton Police Division, made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric M. Hurt is prosecuting the case.

The Hampton Police Division has fully cooperated and provided significant assistance with this investigation. The Idaho State Police provided assistance with the arrest of Freeman in Idaho.

The case was investigated as part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF), Operation Brim Reaper. The OCDETF program is a federal multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional task force that supplies supplemental federal funding to federal and state agencies involved in the identification, investigation, and prosecution of major drug trafficking organizations. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply.

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. 4:17-cr-111.

An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Contact: 
Joshua Stueve Director of Communications joshua.stueve@usdoj.gov
Updated March 23, 2018