NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Five Hampton Roads men were arrested Tuesday morning for federal conspiracy charges of manufacturing, distributing, and possession with intent to distribute heroin.
Alonzo Outten, 35, Jerald Outten, 26, Jermaine Jones, 38, Deyonta Hinton, 31, and Garnett Brown, 34, were woken by federal agents early this morning.
According to court papers, the FBI has been tracking the men, known as the Outten organization, since November 2013.
The court papers allege the men used rental cars, several cell phones, multiple storage units, and low-level “runners” to pick up, deliver and sell heroin and sometimes cocaine. The papers also allege the group promised to pay a woman $5,000 to drive to New York City to purchase drugs at wholesale prices. They would then allegedly sell the drugs in Hampton Roads at retail prices for, according to the documents, “a substantial profit.”
The group was indicted by a grand jury July 8. In addition to the arrests, search warrants were executed simultaneously on 14 properties in Portsmouth, Chesapeake, and Suffolk by more than 250 law enforcement officials from three states and the District of Columbia.
According to Attorney General Mark Herring’s office, the arrests are “effectively disrupting what is alleged to be a significant heroin trafficking network in the region, the Outten organization.”
The five men are in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. They have a detention hearing scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Friday, July 17.