Multiple Defendants Indicted for Heroin and Fentanyl Crimes
RICHMOND, Va. – A federal grand jury returned a seven-count indictment yesterday charging Caroline County residents and a City of Richmond man with conspiracy to distribute heroin and fentanyl and a number of other drug trafficking crimes, including distribution and possession with intent to distribute a mixture containing heroin and fentanyl, the use of which resulted in the death of Elizabeth Rosie on or about Nov. 28, 2017.
According to the indictment, Leonus Stevenson Peterson, 43, of Richmond, Gregory Kenneth Rosie, 42 of Caroline County, Marcus Ian Watson, 43, of Caroline County and Jenna Rose Queen, 33, of Caroline County, were charged with conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin and more than 40 grams of fentanyl over a twelve-month period of time. If convicted of this count, the defendants face a mandatory minimum term of 5 years in prison and a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison.
According to the indictment, Peterson and Rosie also were charged with distribution and possession with intent to distribute a mixture that contained heroin and fentanyl on or about Nov. 28, 2017, the use of which resulted in the death of Elizabeth Rosie, who was Greg Rosie’s wife. If convicted, the men face a mandatory minimum penalty of 20 years in prison.
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, Scott W. Hoernke, Acting Special Agent in Charge for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Washington Field Division, Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent, and Tony Lippa, Jr., Caroline County Sheriff, made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Olivia L. Norman is 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. 3:18-cr-90.
An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.
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