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Jury convicts leader of local heroin trafficking organization

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A man who authorities say led a heroin trafficking ring in Hampton Roads was convicted this week in federal court.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Wednesday that 45-year-old Leroy Perdue led the conspiracy, which distributed in excess of 100 kilograms of heroin between 2007 and 2017.

The FBI  started looking into Perdue and his associated after other heroin dealers he supplied were arrested. This included Carlos Brown, who was sentenced to 30 years in prison for dealing heroin that resulted in the death of a Chesapeake man.

Related: Raids in Portsmouth related to local heroin ring

Federal agents recovered a notebook on the day of Perdue’s arrest that contained lyrics to a song in which he calls himself the “Dogfood King.” Authorities said dogfood is a common coded reference to heroin.

Perdue is facing a mandatory punishment of life in prison. His sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 19.

Twelve of Perdue’s co-conspirators have already been sentenced:

Name, AgeHometownSentence

Abraham Atkins, 35

Portsmouth

20 Years

Eddie L. Tyson, 46

Portsmouth

15 Years

Edward Muckle, 32

Portsmouth

9 years

Jamars Cooper, 26

Portsmouth

11 years

Victoria Waller, 42

Portsmouth

10 years, 6 months

Dominic Diablo Mosley, 35

Portsmouth

15 years

Nicholas Godwin, 37

Portsmouth

12 years, 4 months

Kevin Lawrence, 37

Portsmouth

13 years

Tywon McKelvy, 42

New York

19 years, 6 months

Darion Perdue, 24

Portsmouth

19 years

Christina James

New York

5 years

Rhadu Schoolfield, 33

Portsmouth

24 years

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