Portsmouth man gets 10 years for heroin and weapon charges

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A Portsmouth man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday for heroin possession and distribution. (Photo Courtesy U.S. District Court, Norfolk.)
A Portsmouth man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday for heroin and weapon charges. (Photo Courtesy U.S. District Court, Norfolk.)

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.

 

 

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Joan Quigley is a former Miami Herald business reporter, a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and an attorney. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, TIME.com, nationalgeographic.com and Talking Points Memo. Joan Quigley is a former Miami Herald business reporter, a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and an attorney. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, TIME.com, nationalgeographic.com and Talking Points Memo. Her recent book, Just Another Southern Town: Mary Church Terrell and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Nation’s Capital, was shortlisted for the 2017 Mark Lynton History Prize. Her first book, The Day the Earth Caved In: An American Mining Tragedy, won the 2005 J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award.