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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Richmond Man Sentenced To 20 Years On Drug And Firearm Charges

RICHMOND, Va. – Kevin Lee Bennett, 49, of Richmond, Virginia, was sentenced today to 240 months in prison, followed by 2 years of supervised release for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Charles E. Smith, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) Washington Field Division, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge John A. Gibney.

Bennett pled guilty on October 27, 2014.  According to court documents, on or about February 21, 2014, Richmond Police Department officers executed a search warrant at Bennett’s Richmond residence.  They found in the kitchen approximately fifteen grams of cocaine base, two digital scales, and several plastic baggies of the type used to distribute crack cocaine.  Additionally, the officers found three different firearms, one of which was in the bed with Bennett and his wife at the time the officers entered the residence.  The other two were in the kitchen where officers found the narcotics.  One of these two firearms was in a safe in the kitchen for which Bennett had the key.  The officers also recovered $6,080 from the safe.

In a post-arrest interview, Bennett admitted selling narcotics over the prior two years.  He also admitted he intended to sell the narcotics the officers found in his residence had accumulated the $6,080 that officers found in his safe over a period of time for selling narcotics. 
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Richmond III Field Office, and the Richmond Police Department Special Investigations Division-Narcotics Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen E. Anthony is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.

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. 3:14-CR-144

 

Updated August 11, 2016