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Press Release

Heroin Dealer Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

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

NORFOLK, Va. – Christopher Salkey, 27, of Suffolk, was sentenced today to 120 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute heroin and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.

Salkey pleaded guilty on Oct. 28, 2015.  According to court documents, in the summer of 2012 up to May 2015, the defendant conspired with his father and two co-conspirators to distribute heroin in Suffolk and Portsmouth.  Each week Salkey (who has a previous conviction for selling narcotics) and his father would receive a significant quantity of heroin to which they would add a cutting agent and then cap it up for distribution.  During the course of the conspiracy it is estimated they distributed at least eight kilograms of heroin.  On May 20, 2015, the Suffolk Police Department and federal agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) executed a search warrant at Salkey’s residence in Suffolk where they recovered heroin and packaging material used for distribution. Additionally, agents also discovered a marijuana grow operation with 129 marijuana plants.  Law enforcement later learned Salkey had hidden two firearms in the residence, which agents later recovered.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Karl C. Colder, Special Agent in Charge for the DEA’s Washington Field Division, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys William D. Muhr and V. Kathleen Dougherty are prosecuting the case.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:15cr135.

Updated May 13, 2016

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