NORFOLK, Va. – Cornelius J. Gaymon, 34, and Tedrick O. Speller, 33, both of Norfolk, have pleaded guilty to heroin and narcotics charges. Gaymon, who is a 10-time convicted felon, pleaded guilty today to possession with intent to distribute 23 grams of heroin. Speller pleaded guilty yesterday to possession with intent to distribute 100 grams of crack cocaine.
In a statement of facts filed with Gaymon’s plea agreement, law enforcement officers recovered approximately 23 grams of heroin, which was packaged in separate bags – one of which contained 83 capsules filled with heroin. Additionally, law enforcement officers recovered crack cocaine, cocaine, marijuana and $1,313 dollars in cash, and an industrial sized, six-ton hydraulic press machine that is believed to be used to compress heroin in order to expand its size and create greater profits. A cutting agent, packaging materials and a Ziploc bag containing clear glycerin capsules were also recovered. Gaymon faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison when he is sentenced on Oct. 2, 2015.
In a statement of facts filed with Speller’s plea agreement, law enforcement officers conducted several undercover purchases of crack cocaine from Speller before executing a search warrant on his residence in the Berkley neighborhood of Norfolk. Law enforcement officers recovered crack cocaine, heroin, cocaine, marijuana, firearms, digital scales, drug packaging materials, and several thousand dollars. Speller also maintained a storage unit, which contained nearly $50,000 dollars. Speller faces a minimum penalty of five years in prison and a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison when he is sentenced on Oct. 2, 2015.
The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendants will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Mark R. Herring, Virginia Attorney General, made the announcement after the pleas were accepted by U.S. Magistrate Judge Douglas E. Miller and Lawrence R. Leonard.
This case was investigated by the DEA’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force with the assistance of nearly 40 officers from the Norfolk Police Department. Virginia Assistant Attorney General and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney John F. Butler and Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew C. Bosse are prosecuting the case
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Officefor the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Courtfor the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:15-cr-066, and 2:15-cr-067.