Updated: Monday, 27 Apr 2009, 6:44 PM EDT
Published : Monday, 27 Apr 2009, 6:42 PM EDT
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Federal investigators say they have shut down a $10 million drug ring based out of a Virginia Beach nightclub.
WAVY.com obtained a copy of a federal indictment that states the owner of Encore Lounge on Virginia Beach Boulevard, Anthony Gonzalez, and six other suspects, sold more than one ton of marijuana, more than 100 lbs. of cocaine and large amounts of heroin and crack.
According to the 82-count indictment, the suspects sold drugs in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Hampton, as well as several other states around the country and in Central America.
The indictment alleges that Gonzalez and the other suspects laundered their drug money through different companies they created, and that they presented themselves as rappers, clothing designers and club owners.
Also, the indictment lists an unidentified police officer as a co-conspirator who allegedly tipped off the other suspects throughout the federal investigation.
Virginia Beach Police confirm the unidentified officer is not a Virginia Beach officer.
Encore was in the news last September when police responded to a double shooting. Then, earlier this year the Alcohol Beverage Control Board pulled Encore's license.
Gonzalez has not yet been arrested.
The other suspects indicted by the federal grand jury are:
Charles Aloysius Sanderlin
Richard William Hoggard
John Lee McCoy, III (in custody)
Raymond Dwight McCoy (in custody)
Shawn Jermaine Branch
Ron Quarrie Williams
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