VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Federal investigators say they have shut down a $10 million drugring based out of a Virginia Beach nightclub.
WAVY.com obtained a copy of a federal indictment that states theowner of Encore Lounge on Virginia Beach Boulevard, AnthonyGonzalez, and six other suspects, sold more than one ton ofmarijuana, more than 100 lbs. of cocaine and large amounts ofheroin and crack.
According to the 82-count indictment, the suspects sold drugs inVirginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Hampton, as well as severalother states around the country and in Central America.
The indictment alleges that Gonzalez and the other suspectslaundered their drug money through different companies theycreated, and that they presented themselves as rappers, clothingdesigners and club owners.
Also, the indictment lists an unidentified police officer as aco-conspirator who allegedly tipped off the other suspectsthroughout the federal investigation.
Virginia Beach Police confirm the unidentified officer is not aVirginia Beach officer.
Encore was in the news last September when police responded to adouble shooting. Then, earlier this year the Alcohol BeverageControl 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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