United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia

01/30/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/30/2020 15:44

Multi-Kilogram Heroin and Cocaine Dealer Sentenced to Prison

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - A Hampton woman was sentenced today to 10 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin and 500 grams or more of cocaine.

According to court documents, Kimberly Massenburg, 45, served as a go-between for a kilogram weight dealer of heroin and a kilogram weight dealer of cocaine. The two dealers would exchange tens of thousands of dollars' worth of cocaine and heroin through Massenburg at a time. In October 2018, Massenburg was arrested in Hampton after she was found in possession of a kilogram of cocaine. After being released on bond, Massenburg kept in contact with both dealers and organized a meeting between them so that they could continue to exchange drugs directly with one another.

The case was investigated as part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF), Operation Cookout. The OCDETF program is a federal multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional task force that supplies supplemental federal funding to federal and state agencies involved in the identification, investigation, and prosecution of major drug trafficking organizations. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation's illegal drug supply.

G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Jesse R. Fong, Special Agent in Charge for the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) Washington Field Division; Steve R. Drew, Chief of Newport News Police; Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent; and Raymond Villanueva, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Washington, D.C., made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kevin P. Hudson, Amy E. Cross, and Peter G. Osyf prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information are located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 4:19-cr-047.