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Jury Convicts East Coast Leader of Nationwide Methamphetamine Conspiracy

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

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A federal jury convicted a New York man today on charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

According to court records and evidence presented at trial, Kendesia Juinize May, 40, was a leader of a sprawling, nationwide methamphetamine distribution network with ties to California, New York, Washington, DC, and the Eastern District of Virginia. The network utilized pirated and fraudulent Federal Express accounts to ship pound quantities of California-sourced methamphetamine throughout the United States.

In late 2017, May negotiated to buy into the conspiracy and assume distribution responsibilities to its Washington, DC area customers, many of whom were themselves distributors of methamphetamine. According to evidence presented at trial, May “took over” methamphetamine distribution in the northern Virginia and Washington, DC area and aspired to become “the biggest drug dealer on the East Coast.”

Multiple witnesses testified that May traveled from his home in New York to the Washington, DC area every week for the purpose of selling methamphetamine. He did so because the Washington, DC area is one of the most lucrative methamphetamine markets in the country. 

The government presented evidence showing that the conspiracy sent nearly 400 FedEx packages containing either pound quantities of methamphetamine or thousands of dollars in proceeds of drug sales. On May 25, 2018, officers of the Maryland Transportation Authority Police stopped May while driving his Mercedez Benz vehicle, and a search of the vehicle led to the discovery of more than five pounds of pure methamphetamine, along with FedEx packaging, digital scales, and other drug paraphernalia.

May faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison when sentenced on June 7. 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 was prosecuted as part of Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Operation Four Horsemen. 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.

This investigation was led by the DEA Washington Field Office, with significant assistance from the Arlington County Police Department, U.S. Postal Inspector Service, the DEA Baltimore District Office, and the Maryland Transportation Authority Police.

G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Jesse R. Fong, Special Agent in Charge for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Washington Field Division, M. Jay Farr, Arlington County Chief of Police, and Peter R. Rendina, Inspector in Charge of the Washington Division of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, made the announcement after U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema accepted the verdict. Assistant U.S. Attorneys David A. Peters and Katherine E. Rumbaugh are 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. 1:19-cr-7.


Joshua Stueve
Director of Communications

Updated March 14, 2019

Drug Trafficking