Second man sentenced in Southeast Virginia drug and gun case

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – An Emporia man was sentenced to 8 years for his role in a conspiracy to distribute heroin and for trafficking guns.

Collie Rashad Sanks, 37, pleaded guilty back in September of 2015. According to court documents, Sanks was the second highest ranking member of a Bloods street gang known as the Red Stone Rydahs, which operated in Emporia and Franklin.

Along with his co-conspirator, Phillip Jerome Murphy, 41, of Franklin, Sanks began distributing significant quantities of heroin in Franklin, Smithfield, and Emporia in approximately 2012.

Additionally, court documents revealed that Sanks was heavily involved in firearms trafficking on behalf of the Red Stone Rydahs. On two occasions, he sold a total of eleven firearms, including high caliber rifles, assault rifles and pump action shotguns, as well as a ballistic vest to an undercover law enforcement officer.

During search warrants of Sanks’ residences, law enforcement recovered four different types of ammunition, an AK-47 assault rifle, and three other firearms, in addition to heroin, marijuana, narcotics packaging materials, and gang paraphernalia.

Murphy, who also pleaded guilty in September of 2015, was sentenced to 25 years back in early January of 2016.

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