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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, November 18, 2016

Two Hampton Roads Residents Indicted for Heroin Related Death

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Robert Alan Durkee, 58, of Hampton, and Julie Rae Rock, 38, of Newport News, have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of distribution of heroin and fentanyl resulting in death.

According to the indictment, on or about Nov. 17, 2015, Durkee and Rock distributed heroin and fentanyl to E.H. in Newport News, and E.H. died as a result of using the heroin.

Durkee and Rock each face a maximum penalty of life in prison if convicted.  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.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Karl C. Colder, Special Agent in Charge for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Washington Field Division; and Richard W. Myers, Chief of Newport News Police, made the announcement after initial appearances before U.S. Magistrate Judge Douglas E. Miller.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Lisa R. McKeel and Megan M. Cowles 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. 4:16-cr-84. 

An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated November 18, 2016