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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 23, 2018

Man Sentenced to Prison for Dealing Ice in Hampton Roads

NORFOLK, Va. – A Norfolk man was sentenced today to 15 years in prison for his involvement in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, commonly known as “ice”, in Hampton Roads.

According to court documents, Russell James Kerfoot, 39, conspired with Coy James Mullins, formerly of Palm Springs, California, and others to distribute methamphetamine in Hampton Roads from 2016 until May 2017. During the conspiracy, Mullins shipped parcels containing methamphetamine to Kerfoot in Norfolk through the mail. Kerfoot distributed the methamphetamine he received from Mullins in Hampton Roads.

On May 8, 2017, the Virginia Beach Police Department and Homeland Security Investigations received information that Kerfoot was in route to a location in Virginia Beach to conduct a drug transaction. The police set up surveillance and subsequently observed Kerfoot arrive at the location in a blue SUV. When uniformed police officers attempted to make contact with Kerfoot, he ran into a retail store and into the bathroom before being arrested. Police seized approximately 69 grams of methamphetamine from the glove box of the blue SUV.

On May 10, 2017, Kerfoot returned to the retail store and attempted to retrieve a quantity of methamphetamine he had hidden in the bathroom just two days before. After an employee called the police they located approximately 58 grams of methamphetamine concealed above the ceiling tiles in the bathroom.

Tracy Doherty-McCormick, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Michael K. Lamonea, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Norfolk, Robert B. Wemyss, Inspector in Charge of the Washington Division of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and James A. Cervera, Chief of Virginia Beach Police, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen. Assistant U.S. Attorney Darryl J. Mitchell 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 is located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:17-cr-89.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Contact: 
Joshua Stueve Director of Communications joshua.stueve@usdoj.gov
Updated March 23, 2018