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A Chesapeake man will spend almost 22 years in prison for heroin trafficking, the U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday.
On May 13, Marlon Lewis Daye, 29, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to make, distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than 32 kilograms of heroin, according to a release from the office of U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente in Norfolk.
Through a series of controlled buys, law enforcement officials purchased 112 grams of heroin and 14 grams of cocaine from Daye. When officers arrested him, they found 24 grams of heroin, 30 grams of cocaine, a .45 caliber weapon and magazines for a rifle, the release said.
Daye used his company, Precision Landscapes, to conceal a widespread drug operation, according to the release. Between 2008 and early 2016, he orchestrated the transportation of heroin from New York to Hampton Roads. For one of those years, he used the same trafficker as the Outten Organization; seven of Outten’s heroin traffickers were convicted and sentenced in 2015.
Daye was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Rebecca Beach Smith. As part of the sentencing, he is also required to forfeit seized property to satisfy a judgment of $2.7 million, which reflects the proceeds of his trafficking.