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Press Release

Man Sentenced for Shipping Over 700 Pounds of Marijuana to Virginia

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

NORFOLK, Va. – A Virginia Beach man was sentenced today to six years in prison for his involvement in a large scale marijuana distribution network and money laundering.

According to court documents, Tyrell Jones, 23, started and managed a large-scale marijuana distribution operation involving several other co-conspirators. The marijuana conspiracy lasted from April 2017 through October 2018 when Jones secured a source of supply in California, while he was attending college. During the course of the conspiracy, frequent shipments of marijuana were sent from California to Hampton Roads, with most of it shipped through the U.S. Postal Service using various Ship ‘n Click accounts. Jones and other co-conspirators shipped a total of 222 packages of marijuana with a total weight of 724 pounds of marijuana. Sometimes the marijuana was secreted inside vehicles and driven from California to Virginia, where it was then broken down into smaller quantities and sold on the streets.

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, Kelly R. Jackson, Special Agent in Charge, Washington, D.C. Field Office, IRS-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), and Peter R. Rendina, Inspector in Charge of the Washington Division of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, made the announcement after sentencing by Chief U.S. District Judge Mark S. Davis. Assistant U.S. Attorneys William D. Muhr and Kevin Hudson 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. 2:19-cr-55.


Joshua Stueve
Director of Public Affairs

Updated July 26, 2019

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