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Eastern District of Virginia

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Leader and Members of Major Portsmouth Heroin Trafficking Organization Plead Guilty

Organization Responsible for the Distribution of Between 30 and 90 kilograms of Heroin

NORFOLK, Va. – Alonzo Outten, 35, and Jermaine Jones, 38, of Portsmouth; Garnett Brown, 34, of Chesapeake; and Latina Jackson, 27, of Suffolk, Virginia, pleaded guilty this week for their involvement in a massive heroin trafficking operation.  Outten faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison when he is sentenced on November 2, 2015.

Alonzo Outten, the head of the Outten organization, and six of his co-conspirators were indicted by a grand jury on July 8, 2015.  In the early morning hours of July 14, 2015, search warrants were executed simultaneously on 14 properties in Portsmouth, Chesapeake and Suffolk by more than 250 law enforcement officials from three states and the District of Columbia.  Nearly two weeks later, Outten and several of his co-conspirators pleaded guilty for conspiracy to manufacture, distribute, and possess with intent to distribute in excess of one kilogram of heroin.

According to the statement of facts in Outten’s case, he was the leader of an organization from November 2013 to July 2015 that managed the manufacture and distribution of between 30 and 90 kilograms of heroin (an estimated street value between $1.5 and $4.5 million dollars).  Outten managed six mid-level drug operatives, who in turn managed approximately a dozen other individuals that either directly assisted or facilitated the trafficking and distribution of heroin.

Alonzo Outten supplied kilogram amounts of heroin to at least two Bloods gang sets: the Imperial Gangsta Bloods led by “godfather” Chris Smith a/k/a “Killa,” who pleaded guilty Tuesday, and the Gorilla Mafia Piru gang led by “godfather” Theodore Vann a/k/a “Flatline,” who pleaded guilty on June 25, 2015.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Mark R. Herring, Attorney General of Virginia; and John S. Adams, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office, made the announcement after the pleas were accepted by U.S. District Judge Mark S. Davis.

This case was investigated by the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office and the Chesapeake Police Department with the assistance of the Portsmouth Police Department, the Virginia State Police, and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.  Virginia Assistant Attorney General and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney John F. Butler, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph E. DePadilla and Andrew C. Bosse 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. 2:15-cr-80 (Outten, et. al.); 2:15-cr-93 (Jackson); 2:15-cr-7 (Smith); and 2:15-cr-60 (Vann).


Updated July 30, 2015