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

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Maryland Man Convicted for Role in 2016 Heroin Conspiracy

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A federal jury convicted a Maryland man today for his role in a conspiracy to distribute heroin.

According to court records and evidence presented at trial, Jeffery Okyere, 32, of Laurel, along with two co-conspirators, participated in a conspiracy to distribute heroin. Okyere acted as a local source of supply for a co-conspirator based in Texas, and provided heroin on an as needed basis to a local dealer on request. 

Okyere faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison when sentenced on March 23, 2018. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Andrew W. Vale, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, made the announcement after U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady accepted the verdict. Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Tyler McGaughey and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney David A. Peters are prosecuting 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. 1:17-cr-159.

Drug Trafficking
Joshua Stueve Director of Communications
Updated November 22, 2017