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

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Jury Convicts Drug Dealer of Beating and Kidnapping Ex-Girlfriend

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Ahmad Sayed Hashimi, aka Jimmy Hashimi, of Woodbridge, was convicted yesterday evening by a federal jury on charges related to his role in beating and kidnapping his ex-girlfriend, in addition to leading drug distribution conspiracies. 

According to court records and evidence presented at trial, from approximately November 2009 through March 2015, Hashimi bought and resold cocaine in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.  In the summer of 2011, Hashimi enlisted his girlfriend, H.D., to begin assisting him with distribution, as he believed she was less likely to attract the suspicion of law enforcement than he was. In approximately 2012, Hashimi pursued an opportunity to obtain oxycodone using fraudulent prescriptions passed at pharmacies. In connection with this scheme, Hashimi once again directed H.D. to act as a shield, obtaining and distributing the pills on his behalf and returning the money to him.

According to court records and evidence presented at trial, throughout their relationship, Hashimi frequently assaulted H.D. by punching her in the face causing bruising and bleeding because he suspected her of withholding cash or drugs from the drug distribution schemes. Neighbors called 911 on several occasions as a result of hearing Hashimi beating H.D., which resulted in police responding to the home. On at least two occasions, H.D. had to go to the emergency room as a result of injuries sustained from beatings by Hashimi.

According to court records and evidence presented at trial, in the fall of 2013, the relationship between Hashimi and H.D. deteriorated. Shortly before Nov. 8, 2013, Hashimi became suspicious that H.D. had not returned to him the full quantity of oxycodone pills he directed her to obtain. This argument developed into a physical altercation in Hashimi’s home with Hashimi repeatedly beating and choking H.D. Ultimately, H.D. was able to flee the apartment, but before she left she took some of Hashimi’s cocaine. Upon discovering that, Hashimi began frantically looking for H.D.

According to court records and evidence presented at trial, a few days later Hashimi organized a group of five men and lured H.D. to a meeting place. When H.D. arrived at the location for the meeting, Hashimi and the other men surrounded her vehicle with their cars to prevent her from leaving. Hashimi then violently assaulted H.D. in the back seat of the vehicle while two other men prevented other individuals from interfering. Hashimi continued physically beating H.D. while screaming at her to return the cocaine and pills she had stolen from him.  Eventually, Hashimi pulled H.D. into one of the vehicles he arrived in, and while another individual drove, Hashimi continued assaulting H.D. in the back seat. Eventually, Hashimi transferred H.D. into his own car and then drove his own car into Washington, D.C. while continuing to assault her.  At a momentary stop at a red light, H.D. was able to escape the vehicle and flee to nearby law enforcement officers.

H.D. sustained substantial swelling and bruising and was covered in her own blood. She was transported to the hospital emergency room and treated for her injuries.

Hashimi faces a maximum penalty of life in prison when sentenced on December 16.  The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Paul M. Abbate, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, made the announcement after the verdict was accepted by U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Whitney Dougherty Russell and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean M. Welsh are prosecuting the case.

This case was investigated by Fairfax County Police Department, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, Prince William County Police Department, Alexandria City Police Department, Arlington City Police Department, and Montgomery County (Maryland) Police Department.

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. 1:15-cr-135.

Drug Trafficking
Violent Crimes
Updated September 29, 2016