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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 30, 2018

New York Drug Supplier Sentenced to 18 Years

RICHMOND, Va. – A New York man was sentenced today to 18 years in prison for his role as a source of heroin and cocaine to drug distributors in Virginia.

According to court documents, Tyrell Brown, 30, started supplying heroin to members of a heroin drug trafficking organization in Spotsylvania County, Orange, and Fredericksburg, Virginia in 2015.  While other sources supplied the organization over the course of the three-year conspiracy, Brown supplied several ounces on a weekly basis until April 17, 2017, when law enforcement agents learned that he was traveling to Virginia with a large amount of cocaine and heroin in order to resupply multiple distributors in the area.

As a result of this information, law enforcement executed a search warrant at the home of one of Brown’s co-conspirators, Sheronda Fox, where Brown, Fox, and a third co-conspirator were preparing large quantities of heroin, cocaine, and the controlled substance known as “molly” for distribution. Additionally, throughout the investigation, law enforcement found evidence that Brown received several Western Union cash payments from his co-conspirators in the Virginia area while Brown continued to reside primarily in New York. However, Brown made trips to Virginia multiple times per week for the express purpose of distributing narcotics. In sentencing Brown, the district judge noted that Brown was strictly in the heroin business as a dealer, not a user attempting to distribute drugs to satiate his own drug addiction.

Sheronda Fox, 26, of Fredericksburg, also was sentenced today to nine years in prison for her role in the drug conspiracy.

Tracy Doherty-McCormick, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Karl C. Colder, Special Agent in Charge for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Washington Field Division, Adam S. Lee, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Richmond Field Office, and Colonel Gary T. Settle, Superintendent of Virginia State Police, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson. The case was investigated by the Fredericksburg FBI Narcotics Task Force, which includes the DEA, FBI, Virginia State Police, Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Stafford County Sheriff’s Office, Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office, and Fredericksburg Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen E. Anthony 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 is located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 3:17-cr-104.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Contact: 
Joshua Stueve Director of Communications joshua.stueve@usdoj.gov
Updated April 2, 2018