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Heroin Trafficker Pleads Guilty to Drug and Firearms Charges

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

NORFOLK, Va. – A Suffolk man pleaded guilty today to possession with intent to distribute heroin and possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.

According to court documents, Henry Scott, 53, was a significant distributor of heroin in Suffolk.  After conducting four controlled purchases of heroin from Scott for a total amount of 50 grams, the Suffolk Police and DEA obtained a search warrant for Scott’s person, his residence and his vehicle.  Inside Scott’s vehicle agents discovered 64 grams of heroin. Inside his residence agents found 27 grams of heroin along with an AR-15 style firearm with a 60-round drum magazine.

Scott pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute heroin and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug distribution. He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and a maximum sentence of life in prison when sentenced on October 1. 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.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Scott W. Hoernke, Acting Special Agent in Charge for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Washington Field Division, made the announcement after Senior U.S. District Judge Robert G. Doumar accepted the plea. Assistant U.S. Attorney William D. Muhr 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. 2:18-cr-54.


Joshua Stueve
Director of Communications

Updated June 14, 2018

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
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