A Portsmouth man will spend 10 years in prison for heroin possession and distribution and a firearms charge, the U.S. Department of Justice said Monday.
On Nov. 23, 2015, Michael Lannell Easley, 36, was in a Riverview Avenue home he used for manufacturing and distributing heroin, according to a release from the office of Dana J. Boente, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. When federal and state law enforcement officers executed an arrest and search warrant at the home, Easley “ingested a significant amount of heroin,” the release said.
In an ambulance on the way to the hospital, Easley came close to going into cardiac arrest several times. Doctors eventually stabilized him and he survived. When officers searched his home, they found heroin and a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun.
Easley pleaded guilty on May 25, according to the release. He was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Raymond A. Jackson.