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Press Release

Man Sentenced to Prison for Trafficking Cocaine and Fentanyl Analogue

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

RICHMOND, Va. – A Richmond man was sentenced today to over 12 years in prison for possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

According to court documents, Demond Mitchell, 32, was selling cocaine and other controlled substances on Grayson Street, in the area of East Ladies Mile Road. After observing Mitchell make a number of hand-to-hand transactions, police officers approached one of the customers, who dropped a small user-quantity of cocaine to the ground. Another police officer went to the area where Mitchell had put down a small black bag that Mitchell was utilizing. In the bag, the officers found over 41 grams of cocaine, including some packaged in little bag corners for distribution. The officers also recovered 2.79 grams of a mixture containing fentanyl and acetyl fentanyl, a potent and potentially deadly fentanyl analogue.

G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Ashan M. Benedict, Special Agent in Charge of the ATF’s Washington Field Division, made the announcement after sentencing by Senior U.S. District Judge Robert E. Payne. Assistant U.S. Attorney Olivia L. Norman 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. 3:19-cr-161.


Joshua Stueve
Director of Public Affairs

Updated August 27, 2020

Drug Trafficking