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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Operation Riptide Results in 17 Convictions, Over 100 years in Prison

NORFOLK, Va. – Approximately 14 months ago over 150 law enforcement agents and officers executed a massive takedown, arresting dozens of individuals for their respective roles in selling drugs and guns in Norfolk. 

Today, the 17th and final federal defendant, Kenneth Robinson, 51, of Norfolk, was sentenced to 37 months in prison. The Operation Riptide defendants have collectively been sentenced to a total of over 106 years in prison.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) began Operation Riptide in the Fall of 2016, and in collaboration with the Norfolk Police Department, Virginia State Police, and prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Virginia Attorney General’s Office, identified more than 30 individuals throughout Hampton Roads who were illegally selling firearms, heroin, and/or other narcotics. Operation Riptide resulted in the recovery of over 60 firearms (including at least 3 assault rifles, 2 sawed off shotguns, and over 50 hand guns, 18 of which had obliterated serial numbers or were stolen), over 175 grams of heroin, 65 grams of powder cocaine, 337 grams of crack cocaine, over three pounds of marijuana, and two bulletproof vests.

Tracy Doherty-McCormick, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Mark R. Herring, Attorney General of Virginia, Thomas L. Chittum, III, Special Agent in Charge of the ATF’s Washington Field Division, Colonel Gary T. Settle, Superintendent of Virginia State Police, and Larry D. Boone, Chief of Norfolk Police, made the announcement after sentencing by Senior U.S. District Judge Henry Coke Morgan, Jr.

This case was investigated by the ATF’s Norfolk Field Office, the Norfolk Police Department, and the Virginia State Police with the assistance of the Virginia Beach and Chesapeake Police Departments, the Norfolk and Chesapeake Sheriff’s Offices, and the Virginia National Guard. 

Special Assistant U.S. Attorney John F. Butler, Assistant U.S. Attorneys Andrew C. Bosse, Kevin M. Comstock, Joseph E. DePadilla, Kevin Hudson, William B. Jackson, William D. Muhr, and Daniel T. Young, Assistant Attorney General James F. Entas, Office of the Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia, and Norfolk Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Catherine Paxson are prosecuting these cases.

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 Nos. 2:17-cr-21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 31, 32, 34, 35, 36, 37, 54, 64, 128.

 

Name, AKA

Age, Hometown

Pleaded Guilty to the Following Charge(s)

Sentence

Darryl Moore,

aka “Little Darryl”

28, Norfolk

Felon in Possession of a Firearm

60 months

Kejuan Dante Perry,

aka “KP”

25, Chesapeake

Distribution of a Controlled Substance; Possession of Firearms in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime

87 months

Maurice Owen Johnson,

aka “Dink”

28, Norfolk

Distribution of a Controlled Substance; Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime

120 months

Leonard Lee Brickhouse,

aka “Leo Brixx”

24, Norfolk

Distribution of a Controlled Substance; Possession of Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime

66 months

Evrick Speight

aka “P”

23, Virginia Beach

Distribution of a Controlled Substance; Possession of Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime

100 months

Jason Gilliard,

aka “Hoodro Wilson”

32, Virginia Beach

Conspiracy to Manufacture, Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Heroin

50 months

 

Lamare Pierre Jordan,

aka “L”

30, Norfolk

Conspiracy to Manufacture, Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Heroin; Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime

84 months

James Andre Martin,

aka “Big Buff”

44, Norfolk

Distribution of a Controlled Substance; Felon in Possession of a Firearm

105 months

 

Keone Devon Perry

23, Chesapeake

Transfer of Firearm to Prohibited Person

18 months

Carl Lee Walton,

aka “CJ”

22, Virginia Beach

Felon in Possession of a Firearm

36 months

Demetrius Lamont, Davis

aka “Meat”

39, Norfolk

Distribution of a Controlled Substance; Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime

90 months

James Curtis Lamb

28, Chesapeake

Felon in Possession of a Firearm

84 months

Adrean Lamont Hall

25, Virginia Beach

Felon in Possession of a Firearm

46 months

James Edward Hill

43, Norfolk

Distribution of a Controlled Substance; Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime

93 months

Joseph Maurice Dobey

38, Norfolk

Distribution of a Controlled Substance; Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime

137 months

Michael Ovall Jackson

34, Norfolk

Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute 28 Grams or More of Cocaine Base

60 months

Kenneth Robinson

51, Norfolk

Felon in Possession of a Firearm

37 months

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Contact: 
Joshua Stueve Director of Communications joshua.stueve@usdoj.gov
Updated April 24, 2018