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September 4, 2015

Final Defendant Pleads Guilty in Massive Heroin Trafficking Case

NORFOLK, VA—The final defendant in a major drug case that ultimately dismantled a massive heroin trafficking operation in the Tidewater area pleaded guilty today. All eight co-conspirators have now pleaded guilty for their involvement in the organization’s distribution of between 30 and 90 kilograms of heroin.

Deyonta Hinton, 31, of Portsmouth, pleaded guilty today for his involvement in a massive heroin trafficking operation. Hinton faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 20 years in prison and a maximum penalty of life in prison when he is sentenced on Dec. 10, 2015.

Alonzo Outten, the head of the Outten Organization, and seven of his co-conspirators were indicted by a grand jury earlier this month. In the early morning hours of July 14, 2015, search warrants were executed simultaneously on 14 properties in Portsmouth, Chesapeake, and Suffolk, by more than 250 law enforcement officials from three states and the District of Columbia. Seven weeks later all eight co-conspirators have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture, distribute, and possess with the intent to distribute heroin.

Name Date of Guilty Plea Date of Sentencing

Jermaine Jones

July 29, 2015

Oct. 29, 2015

Garnett Brown

July 29, 2015

Nov. 2, 2015

Latina Jackson

July 29, 2015

Nov. 5, 2015

Alonzo Outten

July 30, 2015

Nov. 2, 2015

Troy Gay

Aug. 6, 2015

Nov. 5, 2015

Jerald Outten

Aug. 10, 2015

Nov. 17, 2015

Sherita Nicks

Aug. 10, 2015

Nov. 17, 2015

Deyonta Hinton

Sept. 4, 2015

Dec. 10, 2015

According to the statement of facts in Deyonta Hinton’s case, he set up a base of operations to sell his heroin at the Sleep Inn and Comfort Suites motels on Western Branch Boulevard in Portsmouth. Hinton used at least six identified individuals to help facilitate the distribution of heroin and paid for one family member to live at the Sleep Inn to help generate a consistent presence that would regularly bring in heroin addicts. Hinton, whose primary supplier of heroin was Alonzo Outten, admits to distributing more than 3.5 kilograms of heroin during the course of the conspiracy.

Alonzo Outten, the leader of the organization from November 2013 to July 2015, managed the manufacture and distribution of between 30 and 90 kilograms of heroin (an estimated street value between $1.5 and $4.5 million dollars). The Outten Organization supplied kilogram amounts of heroin to at least two Bloods gang sets: the Imperial Gangsta Bloods led by “Godfather” Chris Smith aka Killa, who pleaded guilty July 28, 2015, and the Gorilla Mafia Piru gang led by “Godfather” Theodore Vann aka Flatline, who pleaded guilty on June 25, 2015.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Mark R. Herring, Attorney General of Virginia; and John S. Adams, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office, made the announcement after the plea were accepted by U.S. District Judge Mark S. Davis.

This case was investigated by the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office and the Chesapeake Police Department with the assistance of the Portsmouth Police Department, the Virginia State Police, and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Virginia Assistant Attorney General and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney John F. Butler, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph E. DePadilla and Andrew C. Bosse 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. 2:15-cr-80 (Outten, et. al.); 2:15-cr-93 (Jackson); 2:15cr7 (Smith); and 2:15cr60 (Vann).

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