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Press Release

Newport News Man Pleads Guilty to Heroin Conspiracy

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

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Roosevelt Fox, aka Unc, 54, of Newport News, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and distribution heroin.

In a statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, Fox admitted to participating in a conspiracy involving between one kilogram and three kilograms of heroin that were distributed in Newport News and Hampton. On Aug. 27, 2015, Fox supplied heroin to an individual who overdosed and suffered serious bodily injury.  The individual survived the overdose and Fox continued to sell the individual heroin.

Fox was indicted by a federal grand jury on Feb. 10, 2016, and faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison and a maximum penalty of life in prison sentenced on June 17, 2016. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Karl C. Colder, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Washington Field Division; and Richard W. Myers, Chief of Newport News Police, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by U.S. District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Howard J. Zlotnick and Lisa McKeel are prosecuting the case.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 4:15-cr-96.

Updated March 9, 2016

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