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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 7, 2019

Man Sentenced for Leading Methamphetamine Conspiracy

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A New York man was sentenced today to 14 years in prison and ordered to forfeit $500,000 for his role in a 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.”

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.

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 sentencing by U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema. Assistant U.S. Attorneys David A. Peters and Katherine E. Rumbaugh prosecuted 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 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-7.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Contact: 
Joshua Stueve Director of Communications joshua.stueve@usdoj.gov
Updated June 7, 2019