George Eric Stevens, 33, of Jamaica, New York, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin on Jan. 19 in federal court.
According to the statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, Stevens obtained heroin from a source of supply in New York. Instead of distributing it locally, he traveled to Loudoun County where he believed distribution would be more lucrative. While this is not unusual in Loudoun County, it is more common for addicts to travel out of the county for heroin to supply themselves and their friends, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Kraig Troxell said.
Stevens was arrested on Nov. 16, 2016 in Loudoun County with approximately 170 grams of heroin that he intended to distribute. He was indicted by a federal grand jury on Dec. 8 with conspiracy to distribute 100 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing detectable amount of heroin.
Stevens potentially faces a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison when sentenced on April 21. The actual sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
Eastern District of Virginia U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente, FBI Washington Field Office Assistant Director Paul M. Abbate, Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman and Leesburg Chief of Police Gregory C. Brown made the announcement after the plea was accepted by U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis, III. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney David A. Peters is prosecuting the case.