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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Nine Indicted for Drug Trafficking and Money Laundering Conspiracy

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – A federal grand jury returned an indictment today charging nine people with participating in a drug trafficking and money laundering conspiracy.

According to the indictment and court documents, Alex Burnett is charged with being the head of a criminal organization operating on the Virginia Peninsula. The indictment charges Alex Burnett, Charles McMillan, Charles Bailey, Jr., Mario Barrett and Jordan Davis with conspiring to distribute and distributing heroin, cocaine, cocaine base and marijuana. This included using the 9Rounds Gym in Peninsula Town Center, owned by Alex and Shirley Burnett, for drug deals.  In addition, Alex Burnett, along with his father, Robert Burnett, and his mother, Shirley Burnett, and Ada Rodriguez and Eleonora Paronuzzi are charged with laundering the monies made from the drug distribution. Alex Burnett, Barrett and Davis are also charged with possessing firearms as convicted felons and Barrett is additionally charged with possessing an assault rifle in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense.

The Grand Jury returned the following charges:

Name

Age, Hometown

Charges

Max Penalty

Alex Burnett

37, Hampton

Continuing Criminal Enterprise

Conspiracy to Distribute Drugs

Conspiracy to Launder Money

Distribution of Heroin

Felon in Possession of Firearm

 

Life

Life

20 years

20 years

10 years

Shirley Burnett

62, Carrollton

Conspiracy to Launder Money

20 years

Robert Burnett

64, Carrollton

Conspiracy to Launder Money

20 years

Jordan Davis

24, Williamsburg

Conspiracy to Distribute Drugs

Distribution of Cocaine Base

Felon in Possession of Firearm

Life

20 years

10 years

Charles McMillan

30, Newport News

Conspiracy to Distribute Drugs

Distribution of Cocaine Base

Life

20 years

Charles Bailey, Jr.

54, Newport News

Conspiracy to Distribute Drugs

Distribution of Cocaine Base

Life

20 years

Eleanora Paronuzzi

36, Newport News

Conspiracy to Launder Money

20 years

Ada Rodriguez

36, Jacksonvillle, Florida

Conspiracy to Launder Money

20 years

Mario Barrett

41, Hampton

Conspiracy to Distribute Drugs

Distribution of Heroin

Possess with Intent to Distribute Marijuana

Felon in Possession of Firearm

Firearm in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking

Life

20 years

5 years

 

10 years

Life

 

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, Martin Culbreth, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office, and Michael K. Lamonea, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Norfolk, made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric M. Hurt 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. 4:17-cr-111.

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.

Topic(s): 
Prescription Drugs
Financial Fraud
Firearms Offenses
Contact: 
Joshua Stueve Director of Communications joshua.stueve@usdoj.gov
Updated November 15, 2017