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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 25, 2018

Hampton Man Pleads Guilty to Heroin Distribution Conspiracy

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – A Hampton man pleaded guilty today to conspiring with others to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin.

According to court documents, Michael Dewayne Boddie, 56, was part of the William Joe drug trafficking organization that operated on the Virginia Peninsula and on the Southside. Boddie worked with William Joe to arrange heroin deals and would conduct sales on Joe’s behalf. Many of these sales took place in Hampton near the residences occupied by Joe.

Boddie pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of more than 100 grams of heroin. He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and a maximum of 40 years in prison when sentenced on October 17. 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.

The case was investigated as part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) Operation Broken Finger. 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.

G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Michael K. Lamonea, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Norfolk, made the announcement after U.S. District Judge Raymond A. Jackson accepted the plea. Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric M. Hurt is prosecuting 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. 4:17-cr-65.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Contact: 
Joshua Stueve Director of Communications joshua.stueve@usdoj.gov
Updated June 26, 2018