VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A Virginia Beach man admitted to drug conspiracy charges Tuesday that were connected to overdoses of local high school students.
33-year-old Shawn H. Spencer pleaded guilty for conspiring to manufacture, distribute, and possess controlled substances, according to Deanna Warren with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.
United States Magistrate Judge Lawrence Leonard accepted the plea even though a federal grand jury indicted Spencer on both charges of conspiracy and maintaining drug-involved premises on April 9.
A statement of the facts filed with the plea agreement said Spencer and others manufactured, distributed and possessed heroin, cocaine, fentanyl, marijuana and alprazolam from June 2012 to November 2013.
Warren said the drugs Spencer sold resulted in several overdoses, including students of Cox High School and First Colonial High School.
Spencer faces a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison when he is sentenced on August 7.
The Virginia Beach Police Department has arrested 49 people in the last several months in relation to overdoses and heroin related deaths. The arrests are part of an initiative to combat a noticeable increase in heroin overdoses and deaths in the city since August 2012.