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Six people, including a Yorktown woman, face federal felony charges after police say they sold cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin and the synthetic opioid fentanyl in Hampton Roads for about four years.
Officials believe that at least two women died and another person was seriously injured after overdosing on heroin sold by the group.
The accused were indicted in the Eastern District of Virginia on Thursday. They include Newport News’ Terry Glenn Williams (also known as “Plug” and “Sugar”), 33; Tymane Raymond Springs, 32, Longene Durae Alexander (also known as “Nice”), 34; Tiffany Renee Taylor, 29; Kristen Rose Paiva, 26, of Hampton; and Ashley Lorraine Kearney (also known as “Chatterbox”), 32, of Yorktown.
All six were charged with selling heroin that resulted in death or serious injury. The three men also face several charges related to the drug ring, according to documents filed in the Eastern District Court of Virginia.
Officials believe the group sold drugs in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Newport News and Hampton for about four years. They used hotels, houses and parking lots to buy, sell and store the drugs.
The locations included Official Wireless in Norfolk, the Days Inn in Newport News, Days Inn Hampton and Super 8 Hampton, among others, court documents state.
Officials say Williams was the manager of the drug ring. He was an armed drug dealer who sold heroin and cocaine in hotels, using drug-addicted women as prostitutes to further the business.
Williams is charged in connection to the April 8, 2013 death of Michelle Bonyer, who overdosed on heroin in a room of the InTown Suites, located in Newport News.
Witnesses said they watched Williams sell the heroin to Bonyer, who took it in the hotel bathroom. Witnesses left the room for about 30 minutes after Bonyer went into the bathroom. When they returned, she was dead, according to court documents.
Virginia Medical Examiner Elizabeth Kinnison said Gonyer died from ethanol and heroin poisoning.
Williams is also charged in connection to the serious injury of a person who he sold heroin to on Dec. 30, 2015.
He is also charged with carrying guns while dealing drugs; maintaining drug-involved premises; using cellphones to traffick drugs; and money laundering.
Williams and Paiva are charged in connection to the April 10, 2013 heroin overdose of Caroline Eaton in Hampton, court documents state.
Springs and Alexander, the packagers, deliverers and middlemen of the drug ring, are accused of selling the drugs; conspiring to sell the drugs; maintaining drug-involved premises; and using cellphones to traffic drugs.
Alexander is also charged with money laundering.
Each person charged could be sentenced to the rest of their lives in incarceration, except Kearney who could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison.
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