Portsmouth Man Sentenced To 170 Months In Prison For Heroin Distribution
NORFOLK, Va. –Shawn Butler, a/k/a “Dickie,” 39 , of Portsmouth, Virginia, was sentenced today to 170 months in prison, followed by 8 years of supervised release for heroin distribution.
Dana J. Boente, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia and Karl C. Colder, Special Agent in Charge for Drug Enforcement Administration’s Washington Division Office, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Raymond A. Jackson.
According to court documents, Butler is the leader of a heroin trafficking organization out of Portsmouth, Virginia. Butler, who has been dealing narcotics since 2005, began selling heroin in 2008. In 2008, he began referring customers to other dealers whom he was supplying. Butler and his co-conspirators distributed use amounts of cocaine and heroin to multiple individuals in the Tidewater area between 2008 and 2013. Butler had a courier who transported heroin from New Jersey to the Tidewater area. He also used multiple street level dealers to push his product out into location communities.
Butler was indicted by a federal grand jury on January 9, 2014 and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin on May 12, 2014.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Amy Cross prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.