NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A Hampton University professor and three Newport News City Jail inmates have been charged in a drug distribution conspiracy.
The Newport News Sheriff’s Office routinely screens mail addressed to inmates, and on April 2, a piece of mail addressed to an inmate contained tobacco, rolling papers and marijuana, according to Kathleen Carey with the NNSO. The next day, mail addressed to another inmate arrived with the same contents, and on April 4, mail arrived for a third inmate containing heroin, tobacco and rolling papers.
Carey said the Sheriff’s Office learned the person sending the mail was 40-year-old Sharrieff Rahseem De’Johnette of Williamsburg, an employee of Hampton University. Articles posted on Hampton University’s website listed De’Johnette as an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and History.
The incidents were investigated, and De’Johnette’s home, vehicle and office were searched. As a result, all four individuals were charged as listed below:
- Michael Cleary, 30, was charged with one count of conspiracy and one count of attempt to possess controlled substance.
- Daniel David Hogge, 50, was charged with one count of conspiracy and one count of attempt to possess controlled substance.
- Shiron Lamont Gilliam, 38, was charged with one count conspiracy, two counts of delivering drugs to inmates and two counts of attempting to possess a controlled substance.
- Sharieff Rasheem De’Johnette, was charged with three counts of conspiracy, two counts of distribution of marijuana, one count of distribution of heroin, and three counts of delivering drugs to inmates.
The Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the drug distribution conspiracy with the help of the Williamsburg Police Department and Hampton University Police Department. Carey said more charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.