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Monday, May 27, 2024

26 Charged in Multi-State Drug Trafficking Operation

(Courtesy of U.S. Department of Justice Eastern District of Virginia)

ALEXANDRIA — The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Friday, Sept. 15, that an indictment was unsealed charging 26 defendants with drug trafficking, possessing a firearm during drug trafficking, money laundering and other charges.

Among those indicted was 25-year-old Nathan Caleb Schlosser-Goodson of Yorktown, who was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Cocaine, Fentanyl, Oxycodone and Cocaine Base; Conspiracy to Launder Money; Use of a Communication Facility in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking; Distribution of Fentanyl and Marijuana; and Possession of Firearm During Drug Trafficking.

The charges were brought as the result of Operation Lights Out, according to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, an FBI-led investigation in partnership with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, including the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office, which noted on its Facebook page that “Alongside our law enforcement partners, the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office assisted in an investigation that resulted in 26 defendants being charged for drug trafficking.”

If convicted, the defendants each face a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison.

“The unsealing of this indictment reflects months of incredible efforts by law enforcement. We are able to bring these charges because of the effective cooperation and collaborative effort of our local, state and federal partners on this case,” said Jessica D. Aber, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “I am grateful to all our attorneys, agents and officers who work diligently every day to take massive amounts of illegal guns and drugs off of our streets.”

Aber; Colonel Gary T. Settle, Superintendent of Virginia State Police; Jimmie Wideman, Chief of Hampton Police; Brian Dugan, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office; Steve R. Drew, Chief of Newport News Police; Mark G. Solesky, Chief of Chesapeake Police; Stephen Jenkins, Chief of Portsmouth Police; Craig Kailimai, Special Agent in Charge of the ATF’s Washington Field Division; and Shannon Saylor, U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric M. Hurt is prosecuting the case.

This effort is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at www.justice.gov/OCDETF. A full list of those charged can be found on the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia website.

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