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Press Release

Portsmouth Bloods Gang Associate Sentenced to 3 Years in Heroin Case

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

NORFOLK, Va. – Jeffery R. Henry, 30, of Portsmouth, was sentenced today to 36 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin.

Henry was an associate of the Portsmouth based Gorilla Mafia Bloods, a street gang led by Theodore M. Vann, aka Flatline, 32, and Antwane L. Williams, aka Neno, 26. All three men were indicted by a federal grand jury on May 17, 2015. Vann and Williams pleaded guilty in June 2015, while Henry pleaded guilty in July 2015. Williams was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Sept. 24, 2015.  Vann is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 16, 2015.

According to court documents, Henry distributed heroin and other narcotics in the Ghent area of Norfolk, Portsmouth, and other places throughout the Eastern District of Virginia.  Henry also traveled to Richmond, Petersburg, and New Jersey with his co-conspirators on multiple occasions to test the purity of the supply of heroin to ensure that it was a good product for resale.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Mark R. Herring, Attorney General of Virginia; and John S. Adams, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Raymond A. Jackson.

This case was investigated jointly by the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office and the Chesapeake and Portsmouth Police Departments.  Virginia Assistant Attorney General and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney John F. Butler, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph E. DePadilla and Andrew C. Bosse prosecuted 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. 2:15-cr-60.                                                         


Updated October 26, 2015

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