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Leader of Massive Heroin Trafficking Group Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison

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

NORFOLK, Va. – Alonzo Outten, 35, of Portsmouth, was sentenced today to 360 months in prison for his leadership and involvement in a heroin trafficking operation that was responsible for the distribution of between 30 and 90 kilograms of heroin with an estimated street value between $1.5 and $4.5 million dollars.

Outten, along with 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. On July 30, 2015, Outten, along with 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, Outten was the leader of an organization from November 2013 to July 2015 that managed the manufacturing and distribution of between 30 and 90 kilograms of heroin with 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.

Outten supplied kilogram amounts of heroin to at least two Bloods gang sets: the Imperial Gangsta Bloods led by “Godfather” Chris Smith, aka Killa, who pleaded guilty on July 28, 2015; and the Gorilla Mafia Piru gang led by Theodore Vann, aka 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 sentencing 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 prosecuted 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); 2:15cr7 (Smith); and 2:15cr60 (Vann).                                                          


Updated November 5, 2015

Drug Trafficking