Man guilty of leading drug trafficking organization dies in custody

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) –  A man awaiting sentencing for leading a family-run heroin trafficking conspiracy died September 27 while in the custody of the United States Marshals Service.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said William Arthur Joe — aka Pops, Unc and Rudy K — led the group, which received its heroin supply New York and New Jersey.

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Joe employed multiple family members and people he knew to help distribute the drugs, prosecutors said.

The Joe Organization operated from at least 2014 until Joe’s arrest in June 2017. It was responsible for distributing more than three kilograms of heroin locally.

Joe pleaded guilty on June 21 and faced with a mandatory 20-year prison sentence.

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