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26 Defendants Charged for Drug Trafficking in Multi-State Operation

Human Rights26 Defendants Charged for Drug Trafficking in Multi-State Operation

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced today that an indictment was unsealed charging 26 defendants of drug trafficking, possessing a firearm during drug trafficking, money laundering, and other charges.

These charges were brought as the result of Operation Lights Out, an FBI-led investigation in partnership with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. The defendants have been indicted for the following charges:

Name

Age

Hometown

Charges

Cortez Dayshawn Bumphus, aka “Co”

34

Newport News

Continuing Criminal Enterprise

Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Cocaine, Fentanyl, Oxycodone and Cocaine Base

Conspiracy to Launder Money

Felon in possession of Firearm

Distribution of Fentanyl and Marijuana

Possession of Firearm During Drug Trafficking

Maintaining a Drug Involved Premises

Use of a Communication Facility in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking

Dontae Lamont Dozier, aka “2 Chains”

35

Chesapeake

Continuing Criminal Enterprise

Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Cocaine, Fentanyl, Oxycodone and Cocaine Base

Conspiracy to Launder Money;

Distribution of Fentanyl and Marijuana

Possession of Firearm During Drug Trafficking

Maintaining Drug Involved Premise

Use of a Communications Facility in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking

Zuri Anthony Dre-Oliver Reeves, aka “Zu” or “ZuWaap”

26

Spotsylvania

Continuing Criminal Enterprise

Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Cocaine, Fentanyl, Oxycodone and Cocaine Base

Conspiracy to Launder Money

Distribution of Fentanyl and Marijuana

Possession of Firearm During Drug Trafficking

Use of a Communication Facility in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking

Amanda Bell

22

Chesapeake

Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Cocaine, Fentanyl, Oxycodone and Cocaine Base

Conspiracy to Launder Money

Possession of Firearm During Drug Trafficking

Use of a Communication Facility in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking

Dilquon Best, aka “Quon” or “DQ”

31

Atlanta, GA

Continuing Criminal Enterprise

Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Cocaine, Fentanyl, Oxycodone and Cocaine Base

Conspiracy to Launder Money

Distribution of Fentanyl and Marijuana

Use of a Communication Facility in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking

Stephon Lamount Bumphus, aka “Fon”

34

Newport News

Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Cocaine, Fentanyl, Oxycodone and Cocaine Base

Conspiracy to Launder Money

Distribution of Fentanyl and Marijuana

Use of a Communication Facility in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking

Damian Deshawn Gay, aka “Hatch”

25

Hampton

Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Cocaine, Fentanyl, Oxycodone and Cocaine Base

Conspiracy to Launder Money

Distribution of Fentanyl and Marijuana

Use of a Communication Facility in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking

Possession of Firearm During Drug Trafficking

Interstate Travel in Aid of Racketeering

Andrea Hunt

28

Hampton

Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Cocaine, Fentanyl, Oxycodone and Cocaine Base

Use of a Communication Facility in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking

Obstruction of Justice

Ervin Orlando Linares, aka “Ery”

23

Los Angeles, CA

Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Cocaine, Fentanyl, Oxycodone and Cocaine Base

Conspiracy to Launder Money

Distribution of Fentanyl and Marijuana

Interstate Travel in Aid of Racketeering

Use of a Communication Facility in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking

Brandon Lamar Martin, aka “Lil B”

37

Hampton

Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Cocaine, Fentanyl, Oxycodone and Cocaine Base

Conspiracy to Launder Money

Distribution of Fentanyl and Marijuana

Use of a Communication Facility in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking

Interstate Travel in Aid of Racketeering

Possession of Firearm During Drug Trafficking

Carl Eugene Mitchell, Jr., aka “Lil Man”

27

Newport News

Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Cocaine, Fentanyl, Oxycodone and Cocaine Base

Conspiracy to Launder Money

Distribution of Fentanyl and Marijuana

Use of a Communication Facility in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking

Interstate Travel in Aid of Racketeering

Earvin Jerome Moore, aka “Gooch”

43

Newport News

Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Cocaine, Fentanyl, Oxycodone and Cocaine Base

Conspiracy to Launder Money

Distribution of Fentanyl and Marijuana

Use of a Communication Facility in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking

Maintaining a Drug Involved Premises

Freddie Jamaul Moore, aka “Goons”

37

Portsmouth

Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Cocaine, Fentanyl, Oxycodone and Cocaine Base

Conspiracy to Launder Money

Distribution of Fentanyl and Marijuana

Possession of Firearm During Drug Trafficking

Use of a Communication Facility in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking

Dominique McKenzie Osborne

24

Hampton

Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Cocaine, Fentanyl, Oxycodone and Cocaine Base

Conspiracy to Launder Money

Use of a Communication Facility in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking

Rahkim O’Neil Perry, aka “Rahk”

25

Newport News

Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Cocaine, Fentanyl, Oxycodone and Cocaine Base

Conspiracy to Launder Money

Use of a Communication Facility in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking

Distribution of Fentanyl and Marijuana

Interstate Travel in Aid of Racketeering

Graciela Ruiz-Bernabe, aka “Grace”

33

Los Angeles, CA

Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Cocaine, Fentanyl, Oxycodone and Cocaine Base

Conspiracy to Launder Money

Distribution of Fentanyl and Marijuana

Interstate Travel in Aid of Racketeering

Nathan Caleb Schlosser-Goodson, aka “Nasty”

25

Yorktown

Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Cocaine, Fentanyl, Oxycodone and Cocaine Base

Conspiracy to Launder Money

Use of a Communication Facility in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking

Distribution of Fentanyl and Marijuana

Possession of Firearm During Drug Trafficking

Camille Lache Smith

30

Los Angeles, CA

Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Cocaine, Fentanyl, Oxycodone and Cocaine Base

Conspiracy to Launder Money

Use of a Communication Facility in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking

Anastasia Suyas

25

Newport News

Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Cocaine, Fentanyl, Oxycodone and Cocaine Base

Conspiracy to Launder Money

Use of a Communication Facility in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking

Nyra Taylor

23

Hampton

Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Cocaine, Fentanyl, Oxycodone and Cocaine Base

Conspiracy to Launder Money

Distribution of Fentanyl and Marijuana

Use of a Communication Facility in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking

Interstate Travel in Aid of Racketeering

Christina Michele Thompson

26

Spotsylvania

Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Cocaine, Fentanyl, Oxycodone and Cocaine Base

Conspiracy to Launder Money

Use of a Communication Facility in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking

Terrance Leonard Vick, aka “V”

36

Rio Linda, CA

Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Cocaine, Fentanyl, Oxycodone and Cocaine Base

Conspiracy to Launder Money

Interstate Travel in Aid of Racketeering

Use of a Communication Facility in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking

Thaddeus Williams IV, aka “Thad”

31

Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Cocaine, Fentanyl, Oxycodone and Cocaine Base

Conspiracy to Launder Money

Distribution of Fentanyl and Marijuana

Use of a Communication Facility in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking

Interstate Travel in Aid of Racketeering

Korea Woods

26

Irvine, CA

Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Cocaine, Fentanyl, Oxycodone and Cocaine Base

Conspiracy to Launder Money

Use of a Communication Facility in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking

Distribution of Fentanyl and Marijuana

Guang Yang, aka “Ryan”

26

Rosemead, CA

Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Cocaine, Fentanyl, Oxycodone and Cocaine Base

Conspiracy to Launder Money

Use of a Communication Facility in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking

Distribution of Fentanyl and Marijuana

Alicia Zamora

22

Chesapeake, VA

Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Cocaine, Fentanyl, Oxycodone and Cocaine Base

Conspiracy to Launder Money

Distribution of Fentanyl and Marijuana

Use of a Communication Facility in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking

Interstate Travel in Aid of Racketeering

If convicted, the defendants each face a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Jessica D. Aber, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Colonel Gary T. Settle, Superintendent of Virginia State Police; Jimmie Wideman, Chief of Hampton Police; Brian Dugan, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office; Steve R. Drew, Chief of Newport News Police; Mark G. Solesky, Chief of Chesapeake Police; Stephen Jenkins, Chief of Portsmouth Police; Craig Kailimai, Special Agent in Charge of the ATF’s Washington Field Division; and Shannon Saylor, U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement.

“The unsealing of this indictment reflects months of incredible efforts by law enforcement. We are able to bring these charges because of the effective cooperation and collaborative effort of our local, state and federal partners on this case,” said Jessica D. Aber, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “I am grateful to all our attorneys, agents and officers who work diligently every day to take massive amounts of illegal guns and drugs off of our streets.”

“The arrests made in this operation is the culmination of years of investigative work between the FBI and our law enforcement partners,” said Brian Dugan, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Norfolk Field Office. “Today, I want to sincerely thank those partners for their teamwork and patience as we gathered the evidence needed for this investigation to come to a logical conclusion, as our law enforcement partners have been dealing with some of these offenders for over a decade. I hope that this operation gives them a return on investment for all the officers and resources they dedicated to assisting the investigation. This operation is a testament to the strong partnership the FBI has with local and state police, as well as sheriff’s offices, and how that partnership better protects our communities.”

“These arrests are just one of the many successful operations achieved over the years through the collaborative agency partnerships within the FBI Peninsula Safe Streets Task Force,” said Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Chesapeake Field Office is proud to have played a role in dismantling what had become a very violent, multi-tiered, drug trafficking organization spanning much of the Hampton Roads region.”

“Combating violent crime, illegal firearm possession and narcotics distribution within our communities remains at the forefront of the ATF mission,” said Craig Kailimai, Special Agent in Charge of the ATF’s Washington Field Division. “I am proud that our agents and partner agencies worked to bring some peace of mind back to the affected communities. ATF will continue leveraging its expertise to ensure that illegal firearms and deadly narcotics are removed from our streets.”

“Our community and surrounding jurisdictions are not immune to the violence stemming from illegal drug trafficking,” said Steve R. Drew, Chief of Newport News Police. “It has become a top priority to take illegal drugs and guns off our streets and holding those accountable for endangering our communities. We are proud to have been part of this proactive approach and are honored to have served with the U.S. Attorney’s office, and other federal and local agencies to combat this issue. We believe that together we can make a difference and create a safer environment for our community.”

“Today’s arrest is a clear demonstration of the exceptional cooperative effort among law enforcement in the Hampton Roads area,” said Stephen Jenkins, Chief of Portsmouth Police. “It exemplifies the effectiveness of collaboration between federal, state, and local agencies who have united to combat a suspected violent drug trafficking organization. This operation not only underscores the commitment of both federal and local law enforcement but also highlights their unwavering dedication to ensuring the safety of our community.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric M. Hurt is prosecuting the case.

This effort is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.

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 are located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 4:23-cr-54.

An indictment is merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Story from www.atf.gov

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are independent views solely of the author(s) expressed in their private capacity.

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