Bonsai Pipe and Tobacco owner sentenced for drug conspiracy

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — The owner of the Bonsai Pipe and Tobacco stores was sentenced Thursday for his participation in drug conspiracy.

A federal judge sentenced 35-year-old Salvatore Lopiccolo of Newport News to nearly five years in prison and three years of supervised release.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Eastern District, Lopiccolo was indicted by a federal grand jury on November 14, 2013, and on April 21, 2014. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute analogues, cocaine, cocaine base, methylone, marijuana, psilocybin and drug paraphernalia.

Investigators say Lopiccolo admitted he conspired with others to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a variety of drugs and drug analogues from Bonsai Pipe and Tobacco in York County. Multiple controlled purchases of various drugs were made from Bonsai, the defendant, and Bonsai employees. This was part of a statement of facts filed with his plea agreement.

Several local and federal law agencies worked together on this case.

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