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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Ringleader of Drug Trafficking Conspiracy Sentenced to Prison

RICHMOND, Va. – A North Carolina man was sentenced to 30 years in prison for his role as the leader of a lengthy and extensive drug trafficking conspiracy.

According to court documents, Deron Radarius Powell, 34, was the ringleader of a drug trafficking organization which operated in Emporia and the surrounding area dating back to 2013. During the conspiracy, Powell along with several other co-conspirators, distributed large amounts of crack cocaine, powder cocaine, heroin and marijuana to hundreds of customers in Virginia and North Carolina.

Name, Age

Hometown

Convictions

Sentence

Deron R. Powell, 34

Roanoke Rapids, NC

Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine

30 years

Marvin A. Baskerville, 44

Richmond

Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine

17 years

Steve A. Hicks, 42

Emporia

Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine

15 years

Hershell L. Grant, 52

Roanoke Rapids, NC

Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine

14 years

Dexter O. Banks, 30

Emporia

Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine

11 years

Crystal L. Mangrum, 29

Emporia

Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine

10 years

Brittany L. Owens, 28

Emporia

Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine

10 years

Vincent D. Anderson, 41

Emporia

Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine

10 years

Ronnie Rawles, 38

Emporia

Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine

7 years

Robert W. Little III, 70

Emporia

Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine

5 years

Cynthia M. Fox, 51

Emporia

Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine

4 years

Tracy M. Moody, 53

Roanoke Rapid, NC

Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine

4 years

 

The case was investigated by the FBI’s Richmond Area Violent Enterprises Task Force, as part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force’s (OCDETF), Operation Bulls Eye. The OCDETF program is a federal multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional task force that supplies supplemental federal funding to federal and state agencies involved in the identification, investigation, and prosecution of major drug trafficking organizations. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply.

G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and John J. Lenkart, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Richmond Field Office, Scott W. Hoernke, Acting Special Agent in Charge for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Washington Field Division, Ricky Pinksaw, Chief of the Emporia Police Department, William T. Jarratt Jr., Sheriff of the Greensville County, and Colonel Gary T. Settle, Superintendent of the Virginia State Police, made the announcement after sentencing yesterday by Senior U.S. District Judge Robert E. Payne. Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter S. Duffey 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. 3:18-cr-80.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Contact: 
Joshua Stueve Director of Communications joshua.stueve@usdoj.gov
Updated December 4, 2018