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Press Release

Richmond Heroin Dealer Sentenced to 23 Years In Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Virginia
Lockhart Admitted to Distributing 17.5 kilograms of Heroin

RICHMOND, Va. – Jerome Russell Lockhart, aka “Rome,” 36, of Chesterfield, Virginia, was sentenced today to a total of 276 months in prison, followed by four years of supervised release, for distributing 38.5 pounds (17.5 kilograms) of heroin, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and for violating the terms and conditions of his supervised release.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Karl C. Colder, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Washington Field Division; and Colonel Thierry G. Dupuis, Chief of Police for  Chesterfield County Police Department, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson.

Lockhart pleaded guilty on April 15, 2015, to a criminal information charging him with possession with intent to distribute heroin, and with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  According to the statement of facts filed with the court, Lockhart began distributing heroin shortly after he was released from federal prison on a prior drug trafficking offense. His sentence was later reduced as a result of the Fair Sentencing Act, and he was released from federal custody in 2010 to begin serving a four year term of supervised release.  Lockhart admitted to having distributed 17.5 kilograms of heroin during the last 2 ½  years, which resulted in two known overdoses that did not result in death.  Lockhart was sentenced to 240 months on the drug charges, and 120 months on the firearm charge. Those sentences will run concurrently. Lockhart was also sentenced to 36 months for violating the terms and conditions of his supervised release. The 36 months will run consecutive to the 20 years, bringing the total prison time to 23 years.   

This case was investigated by the DEA’s Washington Field Division and the Chesterfield County Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Angela Mastandrea-Miller 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. 3:15-cr-0054-001-HEH.


Updated July 10, 2015