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Michael Vick’s father admits to being part of a Hampton Roads heroin ring

A 56-year-old Hampton man pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring with others to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin.

According to court documents, Michael Dewayne Boddie was part of the William Joe drug trafficking organization that operated on the Virginia Peninsula and on the Southside.

Boddie is the father of former NFL player Michael Vick.

Boddie worked with Joe to arrange heroin deals and would conduct sales on Joe’s behalf. Many of these sales took place in Hampton near the homes occupied by Joe.

Boddie pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of more than 100 grams of heroin. He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and a maximum of 40 years in prison.

He will be sentenced Oct. 17.

Federal prosecutors said Joe — aka Pops, aka Unc, aka Rudy K — led a family-run heroin trafficking organization.

He pleaded guilty last week to continuing criminal enterprise. Joe faces a mandatory 20 years in prison when sentenced on Sept. 24.

The organization got heroin from sources in New York and New Jersey and would then sell it in the Hampton Roads area. As head of the organization, Joe employed multiple family members and acquaintances to distribute the heroin, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.

The organization operated from at least 2014 until Joe’s arrest in June 2017, and was responsible for distributing more than three kilos of heroin.

Federal prosecutors said Joe’s organization was the focus of a two-year investigation which included law enforcement surveillance and multiple court-authorized wire taps.

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( 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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