NORFOLK (March 19, 2015) – Attorney General Mark Herring and Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney Greg Underwood announced that Stanley McCoy Ruffin has pleaded guilty to drug and weapons crimes that led to the lockdown of a Norfolk elementary school last October. Ruffin pleaded guilty yesterday to Distribution of Heroin, Possession of a Firearm While Distributing Heroin, Distribution of Heroin within 1000 feet of a School, and Possession of a Concealed Weapon. He was sentenced by Norfolk Circuit Court Judge Junious P. Fulton, III to serve 15 years and 9 months in prison, with 5 years and 9 months active incarceration and 10 years suspended.
According to courtroom statements and police records, on October 14, 2014, Ruffin, then 22 years old, sold heroin to an undercover Norfolk Police officer near Oceanair Elementary School. Additional officers nearby attempted to detain Ruffin, who ran onto school property leading to a brief lockdown. While running, Ruffin pulled a loaded 9mm firearm from his waistband and threw it to the ground. Ruffin was quickly arrested and police found additional heroin packaged for sale in his clothing.
“I’m glad we were able to work with our partners in Norfolk to secure a conviction in this case, which understandably caused quite a scare because of its proximity to an elementary school,” said Attorney General Herring. “I have committed law enforcement resources to combating heroin distribution around the state and violent crime in Hampton Roads, and we’re getting results.”
“This is an example of the Attorney General’s commitment to providing public safety resources to localities,” said Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney Greg Underwood. “The assistance to Norfolk is certainly appreciated.”
Assistant Attorney General James Entas of Attorney General Herring’s Major Crime & Emerging Threats Section prosecuted the case. The case was investigated by the Norfolk Police Department’s Vice and Narcotics Investigators.
Attorney General Herring has committed resources to holding drug dealers accountable at the state and federal level, and has reallocated resources to support public safety efforts in Hampton Roads.