NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Six of seven co-conspirators have now pleaded guilty for their part in a multi-million-dollar heroin distribution ring that operated out of Portsmouth.
Jerald Outten, 26, and Sherita Nicks, 41, both of Portsmouth, appeared in federal court Monday and admitted to conspiracy to manufacture, distribute, and possess with the intent to distribute heroin.
Jerald Outten is the brother of Alonzo Outten, head of the Outten Organization. Investigators say the group manufactured and distributed an estimated street value of between $1.5 and $4.5 million in heroin, which led to five known overdoses. Investigators say they also supplied heroin to at least two Bloods gang sets: the Imperial Gangsta Bloods and the Gorilla Mafia Piru gang.
The Outten brothers and five others were indicted July 8 and arrested six days later after search warrants were simultaneously executed at 14 properties on the Southside. At the time of his arrest, police say Jerald Outten had on him 135 grams or raw heroin, a .40 caliber firearm and $1,702 in cash.
Nicks is accused of exchanging a series of text messages with Alonzo Outten and her New York suppliers, negotiating the purchase of heroin and cocaine, according to court documents. At the time of her arrest, Nicks had 500 grams of heroin and 168 grams of cocaine on her person.
Jerald Outten faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison when he is sentenced November 17. Sherita Nicks faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years in prison and a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison when she is sentenced November 17.