A Virginia Beach man pleaded guilty Thursday to maintaining a drug-trafficking operation out of a storage unit and possessing with intent to distribute heroin.
According to federal court documents, Demetress Donyah Bratton, 36, was storing, manufacturing, and packaging heroin for distribution out of a storage unit that he was renting in Virginia Beach.
After executing a search warrant on the storage unit, Virginia Beach Police recovered 89 grams of heroin, $20,000 in cash, cutting agents, other drug paraphernalia, and four guns.
Shortly after the search, Bratton arrived at the storage unit, and SWAT team members arrested him in possession of 38 grams of heroin, cutting agents, more drug paraphernalia, and approximately $1,600.
Bratton has been trafficking heroin for the past six years and is an eight-time felon, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office did not provide information on Bratton’s other convictions.
Bratton faces a mandatory minimum of five years and a maximum term of 40 years in prison.
He is set to be sentenced Jan. 3.