Prince William County Heroin Trafficker Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison
ALEXANDRIA, VA—Bryan Christopher Samuel, 38, of Woodbridge, Virginia, was sentenced today to 180 months in prison, followed by eight years of supervised release for conspiring to distribute over 100 grams of heroin and possession of a firearm in furtherance of his drug trafficking crime.
Samuel pleaded guilty on February 19, 2015, just a few days before his trial was set to begin. According to court documents, Samuel, along with four co-conspirators, obtained distribution quantities of heroin from Washington, D.C. and elsewhere. After obtaining the heroin, Samuel and his co-conspirators would repackage it for individual resale in and around Prince William County. In addition, Samuel would carry a firearm for protection when buying larger quantities of narcotics and also utilized a firearm when he robbed a rival drug dealer. Samuel, not content to simply deal drugs from his own apartment, brought narcotics, firearms, and addicts to areas where law abiding members of the community are typically found and engaged in drug deals at those locations. Furthermore, even after his arrest on local charges, Samuel attempted to continue to run his narcotics distribution business from jail.
Through the combined efforts of state and local law enforcement, Samuel was caught, arrested, and prosecuted. Because he had a prior felony conviction, and the United States had the authority to bring this conviction to the Court’s attention, the minimum sentence Samuel could receive was doubled from five to 10 years.
Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Andrew G. McCabe, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office; and Douglas W. Keen, Manassas City Police Department Chief of Police, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis, III. This case was investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office with assistance from the Manassas City Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Zach Terwilliger and Special Assistant United States Attorney John Taddei 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. 1:14CR351.