NORFOLK, Va. – A federal judge yesterday sentenced a Norfolk man to 45 years in prison for his role in a conspiracy to manufacture and distribute fentanyl, acetyl-fentanyl and heroin in the area of Hampton Roads. He was found guilty by a jury in May 2021 of five counts related to the drug conspiracy, including the distribution of fentanyl that resulted in the death of a young woman.
According to court records and evidence presented at trial, between early 2017 and May 2020, 28-year-old Daniel Carrington, aka “Eastside”, alias “E”, traveled to Baltimore, Maryland, and purchased heroin , fentanyl and acetyl-fentanyl for resale. in Chesapeake and throughout the Hampton Roads area. Drugs distributed by Carrington resulted in the overdose death of a Chesapeake woman, identified in court documents as DJ, on December 27, 2019. Although Carrington was aware of DJ’s death, he continued to sell fentanyl until his arrest in May 2020.
Evidence presented at trial included video of the defendant mocking his ‘tester’ as he passed out and proudly declaring how strong his fentanyl was. Other videos shown to the jury included large amounts of cash, a gun and illegal narcotics. Text messages introduced at trial showed that the defendant knew he was distributing pure fentanyl and that he was aware of its deadly effects. A medical examiner testified that the levels of fentanyl in the victim’s body were five times the minimum level considered lethal by medical examiners.
Jessica D. Aber, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Brian Dugan, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office, and Kelvin L. Wright, Chief of the Chesapeake Police Department, made the announcement after the conviction by U.S. District Judge John A. Gibney.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys John F. Butler and Joseph E. DePadilla are prosecuting the case.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), which is the centerpiece of the Justice Department’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program that has been shown to be effective in reducing violent crime. Through the PSN, a wide range of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime issues in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, the PSN focuses its law enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with local prevention and rehabilitation programs for a lasting reduction in crime.
A copy of this press release can be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information can be found on the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia website or on PACER by searching for case #2: 20-cr-106.