A man whose Washington, D.C.-based illegal drug dealing included Loudoun County pleaded guilty April 27 to charges of conspiracy to distribute heroin.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Anthony Maurice Riley distributed more than 500 grams of heroin between at least 2014 and 2018 in and around Loudoun County, leading to two non-fatal overdoses.
According to court documents, Riley had several customers and sub-dealers in Loudoun County, to whom he would provide heroin on a consignment basis, also known as “fronting.” While distributing, Riley would use multiple cell phones and several different vehicles to transport the heroin for sale from the District of Columbia to Loudoun County.
Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Drug Enforcement Agency agents arrested Riley on March 8 after he distributed 54 grams of heroin in a controlled purchase in Loudoun County. During his post-arrest interview, he made a full confession to his involvement and acknowledged that his distribution of heroin may have caused overdoses.
In his plea agreement, he accepted the application of a previous felony drug offense, which means that he will by subject to a 10-year mandatory minimum sentence. Riley will be sentenced on July 13.
Attorney General Mark Herring and Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia Tracy Doherty-McCormick made the announcement after the plea was accepted by U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III.
Assistant Attorneys General/Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys Marc Birnbaum and David Peters are handling the case as part of a partnership between the Office of the Attorney General and the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, prosecutors have handled 110 heroin cases involving more than 665 pounds of heroin worth more than $37 million on the street since Herring took office. These defendants have been sentenced to more than 889 years.