He supplied a deadly mixture of heroin, fentanyl in Virginia Beach. Now this ‘King of Death’ dealer is headed to prison

VIRGINIA BEACH — A New Jersey man will spend 37 years in prison for his part in a conspiracy to deal a deadly mixture of heroin and fentanyl, called the “King of Death,” to people in Hampton Roads.

Rashad Clark, 38, was sentenced in federal court on Monday. The sentence came after Clark supplied a 33-year-old drug dealer from Chesapeake, Erskine Dawson, Jr., with the heroin and fentanyl mixture from September to December 2016, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Clark brought the drugs from New Jersey to Virginia by putting them into wax baggies and hiding them in stuffed animals. They were labeled with names like “King of Death,” “Last Call” and “Steph Curry,” according to the DOJ.

Clark brought the drugs to a Studios 4 Less motel in Virginia Beach. He stayed at the motel for several days each time he trafficked drugs to oversee Dawson’s operation.

Two people died after consuming the heroin and fentanyl mixture, according to the DOJ.

Agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, and Virginia Beach and Chesapeake police officers searched motels in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and Norfolk on Dec. 8. They recovered guns and more than 1,800 wax bags of heroin and fentanyl. They also discovered that more than $70,000 in cash was deposited into a Wells Fargo account controlled by Clark from September to December 2016, according to the DOJ.

Eight people were charged, and seven have been sentenced. A man identified as Kenneth Stuart will be sentenced on April 24 and faces a mandatory term of life in prison for his part in the conspiracy.

  • Dawson, of Chesapeake, was sentenced to 36 years in prison on Nov. 1, 2017.
  • Christopher Boone, of Chesapeake, was sentenced to 15 1/2 years in prison on Nov. 16, 2017.
  • Thomas Jennings, 33, of Virginia Beach, was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Sept. 25, 2017.
  • David Thomas, 33, of Chesapeake, was sentenced to a little more than 4 years in prison on Oct. 18, 2017.
  • Frank Harris, 23, of Chesapeake, was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison on Jan. 11.
  • Carolyn Freeman, of Neward, New Jersey, was sentenced to 8 years in prison on March 29.

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Adrienne Mayfield is an award-winning, multi-media journalist hailing from Clermont, Fla. She moved to Lynchburg, Va. on a whim when she was 19, and worked her way to Hampton Roads in 2013. Adrienne is passionate about telling people stories via covering public safety and the judicial system. She isn’t afraid to take a heads-on approach to covering crime, including knocking on doors to get the details police aren’t sharing. Adrienne is a 2014 Old Dominion University graduate who still lives within walking distance of the college. You may see her cruising around Downtown Norfolk on her bike, enjoying a sandwich from Grilled Cheese Bistro or playing fetch with her dog, Greta, at the Colonial Place dog park.