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

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Virginia Beach Man Pleaded Guilty to Conspiring to Manufacture, Distribute, and Possess Controlled Substances

NORFOLK, Va. – Shawn H. Spencer, 33, of Virginia Beach, Va., pleaded guilty today to conspiring to manufacture, distribute, and possess controlled substances.

Dana J. Boente, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Karl C. Colder, Special Agent in Charge for Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Washington Field Division; and Police Chief Jim A. Cervera, Virginia Beach Police Department, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by United States Magistrate Judge Lawrence R. Leonard.

Spencer was indicted on April 9, 2014 by a federal grand jury on charges of conspiracyand maintaining drug-involved premises. Spencer faces a maximum penalty of 40 years when he is sentenced on August 7, 2014.

According to a statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, from approximately June of 2012 to November 2013, Spencer and others manufactured, distributed and possessed heroin, cocaine, fentanyl, marijuana and alprazolam.  The drugs that were sold by Spencer resulted in several overdoses among several individuals, including students of Cox and First Colonial High Schools in Virginia Beach.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Virginia Beach Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Kevin Comstock is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at or on

Updated March 25, 2015