Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Ex-Hampton narcotics cop pleads guilty to drug conspiracy

Deangelo Freeman (WYDaily file/Courtesy of Western Tidewater Regional Jail)
Deangelo Freeman (WYDaily file/Courtesy of Western Tidewater Regional Jail)

A former Hampton Police detective pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

According to court documents, Deangelo Freeman, 31 conspired with local drug dealers while he was a detective in the Special Investigations Unit of the Hampton Police Division. The conspiracy happened in 2017.

Freeman started as a patrol officer in Hampton in 2010. According to court documents, he was arrested in Idaho in March 2018

Freeman was associated with a number of individuals who were selling large quantities of cocaine, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.

These individuals included Alex Burnett who owned 9Rounds Gym in Hampton Town Center, federal prosecutors said.

Freeman admitted to providing information to Burnett about an ongoing federal criminal investigation. Freeman learned of this information while serving as a narcotics detective and participating in the investigation of Burnett, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The information provided by Freeman included the identity of a confidential informant. Freeman gave the information to compromise the investigation and to help Burnett’s drug distribution activities, prosecutors said.

Information on Burnett’s case was not immediately known.

Freeman pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine.

He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum of 40 years in prison.

Freeman is set to be sentenced on April 23.

John Mangalonzo
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John Mangalonzo (john@localdailymedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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