Portsmouth man pleads guilty to drug trafficking, firearm charges

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A Portsmouth man has pleaded guilty to heroin distribution and firearm possession charges, according to the Department of Justice Eastern District of Virginia.

Michael Lanell Easley, Jr., 36, was charged with conspiracy to distribute, possession with intent to distribute heroin and possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking.

Authorities say he had home on Riverview Avenue in Portsmouth, where he manufactured and distributed heroin.

Easley injected himself with “a significant amount of heroin” when agents attempted to arrest him in November of 2015, according to authorities.

An ambulance was called, and he was rushed to the hospital. Easley came close to cardiac arrest, but officials say doctors were able stabilize him.

During a search of his home, agents recovered heroin, a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun and digital scales used to prepare heroin for sale.

Easley is set to be sentenced on Sept. 21, and could face a maximum of life in prison.

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