Man sentenced for Peninsula drug trafficking conspiracy

Heroin powder (Photo by U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, courtesy http://www.justice.gov/dea)
Heroin powder (Photo by U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, courtesy http://www.justice.gov/dea)

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — A Hampton man will spend 25 years behind bars for leading a drug trafficking organization on the Peninsula.

United States District Judge Raymond A. Jackson sentenced 28-year-old Christopher Devon Barrett on Tuesday, according to Margaret Jahn with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Barrett was recently convicted of participating in a continuing criminal enterprise and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime

Court documents say Barrett ran a drug trafficking operation from the Colonial Landing Apartment complex in Hampton, and other locations. The organization brought cocaine and heroin from both local and out-of-state suppliers to mid-level distributors in the Eastern District of Virginia, particularly the Virginia Peninsula.

Throughout the conspiracy, Jahn said the group supplied 150 kilograms or more of cocaine.

Barrett was the eighteenth defendant convicted and sentenced in connection with this investigation. Following his prison sentence, Barrett will also serve five years of supervised release.

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