NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – A federal jury has convicted a Newport News man of conspiracy to distribute fentanyl over one kilogram of heroin, distribution of fentanyl resulting in two overdoses, possession of firearms in connection with drug trafficking and possession of these firearms as a convict. criminal.
According to court records and evidence presented at trial, As-Samad Haynes, 41, of Newport News, conspired with others to distribute heroin and fentanyl from 2017 until his November 2020 arrest. During this conspiracy, Haynes distributed a quantity of fentanyl to two people which resulted in the death of one and significant bodily harm to the other. At the time of his arrest, Haynes was found in possession of an assault rifle, a tactical shotgun and a semi-automatic handgun, which he used in his trafficking of dope.
Haynes was convicted of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute heroin and fentanyl; distribution of fentanyl and acetyl fentanyl, resulting in death; distribution of fentanyl and acetyl fentanyl resulting in significant bodily harm; possession of firearms in the context of drug trafficking; and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Haynes faces a sentence of 25 years to life imprisonment when he is sentenced on September 7, 2022. Actual sentences for federal crimes are generally lower than the maximum sentences. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering US sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.
Jessica D. Aber, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Newport News Police Chief Steve R. Drew; Raymond Villanueva, Special Agent for Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Washington, DC; Jarod Forget, Special Agent in Charge of the Washington Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), made the announcement after U.S. District Judge Raymond A. Jackson accepted the verdict.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Mack Coleman and Eric Hurt are prosecuting the case.
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 #4:20-cr-71.