NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Two men from Florida were sentenced in Norfolk federal court Monday for charges related to the distribution of methamphetamine in Hampton Roads.
United States District Judge Mark S. Davis sentenced Thaddeus Vidal Peralta, 43, of Winter Park, Fl., and Aaron Anthony Lumpkin 37, of Saint Cloud, Fl. for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possessing with intent to distribute a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine.
Peralta will spend more than 21 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, and Lumpkin was sentenced to 15 years behind bars, followed by four years of supervised release, according to Deanna Warren witht the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Warren said both men were found guilty of the charges by a federal jury on October 11 after a six-day trial. She said court documents stated Lumpkin supplied Peralta and others with large amounts of meth, or “ice,” for distribution in the Eastern District of Virginia, begining in late 2011.
The process by which they did this was that Lumpkin mailed numerous packages with the substance from Florida to his mother’s residence in Newport News via FedEx. Then, Peralta traveled from Florida to Virginia to distribute the methamphetamine on Lumpkin’s behalf.
Warren said Peralta previously lived in Virginia Beach and has been distributing meth in the area since about 2005.