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

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Portsmouth Man Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute Narcotics

Bought and sold over 13 kilograms of cocaine and 478 grams of heroin

NORFOLK, Va. – Allen Andre Brown, 36, of Portsmouth, pled guilty today to conspiracy to distribute narcotics.

Dana J. Boente, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Mark R. Herring, Attorney General of Virginia; and Karl C. Colder, Special Agent in Charge for Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Washington Office, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by U.S. District Judge Mark S. Davis.

Brown was charged with the narcotics conspiracy in a criminal information that was filed on April 27, 2015.  He faces a maximum penalty of life in prison when he is sentenced on September 2, 2015.  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.

According to the statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, Brown manufactured, distributed and possessed cocaine and heroin from approximately November of 2013 to November of 2014.  After an investigation into Brown’s involvement in the cocaine and heroin distribution throughout the City of Portsmouth, and a controlled purchase, a search warrant was executed at Brown’s residence.  During the execution of the warrant, Brown waived his Miranda rights, admitted his involvement in the conspiracy and directed officers to the recovery of heroin, cocaine, and a firearm from his bedroom.  Brown bought and sold in excess of 13 kilograms of cocaine and 478 grams of heroin, worth an estimated value of $555,850.

This case was investigated by the DEA Norfolk Resident Office with the assistance of the Portsmouth Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph E. DePadilla and Virginia Assistant Attorney General and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney John F. Butler 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. 2:15-cr-54.



Updated May 20, 2015