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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 16, 2020

Maryland Man Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine

Man arrested in possession of 26 kilograms of cocaine and $1 million

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A Maryland man pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine.

According to court documents, between May 2019 and February 2020, Romaine Dixon, 31, of Camp Springs, conspired to distribute cocaine. Dixon and his co-conspirators would travel out of state and ship cocaine back in large crates to the Eastern District of Virginia. Dixon was arrested in his vehicle in February 2020 for possession of approximately 25 kilograms of cocaine and $11,268.00 in cash. One of Dixon’s co-conspirators was also arrested that day in possession of 20 kilograms of cocaine and one and half kilograms of heroin

After the execution of search warrants at Dixon’s residence, law enforcement seized approximately $1,044,451 in cash, jewelry valued at approximately $244,125, one kilogram of cocaine, one kilogram of fentanyl, three firearms, and body armor piercing ammunition among other items. At another location associated with Dixon, law enforcement found kilogram wrappings and an AK-47. 

Dixon pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute five kilograms of cocaine. He faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison when sentenced on December 4. 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.

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; and Michael L. Chapman, Loudoun County Sheriff, made the announcement after Senior U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis, III accepted the plea. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael P. Ben’Ary and Bibeane Metsch 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 are located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:20-cr-156.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Contact: 
Joshua Stueve Director of Public Affairs joshua.stueve@usdoj.gov
Updated July 16, 2020