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Press Release

Portsmouth Heroin Dealer Sentenced to 25 Years

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

NORFOLK, Va. – A Portsmouth man was sentenced today to 25 years in prison for drug distribution and possession of multiple firearms.

According to court records and evidence presented at trial, Benitez Auguarius Moody, 35, distributed crack cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl in Portsmouth from the summer of 2015 through March 2016. Moody was arrested on Aug. 10, 2016, after the Portsmouth Police Department conducted a series of controlled buys of heroin with Moody and executed a search warrant at his residence. During the search, law enforcement recovered 97 grams of crack cocaine, two grams of heroin and fentanyl mixture, four firearms (two special revolvers and two semi-automatic pistols), and $4,000 in cash.

Moody was convicted by a federal jury on April 28, 2017, of possession with intent to distribute cocaine base, heroin, and fentanyl; possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking; and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

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, and Tonya D. Chapman, Chief of Portsmouth Police, made the announcement after sentencing by Senior U.S. District Judge Henry Coke Morgan, Jr. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sherrie Capotosto 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. 2:16-cr-124.


Joshua Stueve
Director of Communications

Updated April 4, 2018

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