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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, December 1, 2017

Man Sentenced to 20 Years for Conspiring to Distribute Heroin

RICHMOND, Va. – A Chester man was sentenced today to 20 years in prison for conspiring to distribute heroin.

Fereris Jamison, 40, pleaded guilty on August 29. According to court documents, Jamison acknowledged responsibility for distributing at least one kilogram of heroin and at least 500 grams of cocaine during the conspiracy. A 30-year old Hopewell woman overdosed and died in September 2015 after Jamison sold her heroin. The Court noted that Jamison qualified under the federal guidelines as a career offender and was responsible for the victim’s death. The Court then ordered Jamison to pay restitution to the family of the victim in the amount of approximately $10,000, and ordered forfeiture in the amount of $91,000, which was for the proceeds of his drug trafficking activity. 

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Adam S. Lee, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Richmond Field Office, Karl C. Colder, Special Agent in Charge for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Washington Field Division, Alfred Durham, Chief of Richmond Police, and Colonel John F. Keohane, Chief of Hopewell Police Department, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson. Assistant U.S. Attorney Angela Mastandrea-Miller prosecuted the case.

The case was investigated as part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) Operation Lunch Special.  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.

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. 3:17-cr-91.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Contact: 
Joshua Stueve Director of Communications joshua.stueve@usdoj.gov
Updated December 1, 2017