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Press Release

Man Sentenced for Heroin Distribution Leading to Overdose Death

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

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – An Alexandria man was sentenced today to 20 years in prison for conspiring to distribute more than a kilogram of heroin, which led to the overdose death of at least one individual.

According to court documents, George Addae, 26, directed a heroin trafficking conspiracy from 2016 through September 2018. Addae obtained wholesale quantities of heroin and repackaged the drug into capsules. He arranged heroin sales with his customers through electronic communications and directed his co-conspirators to deliver the narcotics. On April 2, 2018, Addae personally distributed a mixture of heroin and fentanyl to a man in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County. That man ingested the drug and died from mixed drug intoxication.

In addition to the term of imprisonment, Addae was also ordered to forfeit $100,000.

G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Timothy M. Dunham, Special Agent in Charge, Criminal Division, FBI Washington Field Office; and Colonel Edwin C. Roessler, Jr., Fairfax County Chief of Police, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Anthony J. Trenga. Assistant U.S. Attorney Marc J. Birnbaum prosecuted the case.

This investigation was led by the Fairfax County Police and the FBI Washington Field Office’s Safe Streets/HIDTA Task Force. This task force is composed of FBI Agents and Task Force Officers from the Fairfax County Police, the Prince William County Police, the Loudon County Sheriff’s Office, the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office, the Alexandria City Police, the Leesburg Police, the Herndon Police, the Vienna Police, and works in conjunction with the ATF, USMS, HSI and other local, state and federal agencies throughout Northern Virginia. The task force investigates the most egregious and violent criminal gangs and street crews operating in the Capital Region.

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 are 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-188.


Joshua Stueve
Director of Public Affairs

Updated December 20, 2019