The Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force’s “Operation Hardest Hit” is aimed to nab and arrest suspects involved in fentanyl and heroin trafficking. The agency announced Monday that agents successfully arrested 11 people connected to a fentanyl and heroin trafficking organization in Portsmouth.
Ten search warrants were executed in Virginia, New York and Georgia by more than 300 law enforcement agents. The investigation targeted Leroy Purdue’s drug trafficking organization, dubbed Perdue DTO, connected to the 2016 death of a Chesapeake resident. Undercover law enforcement agents and others successfully made 10 purchases of fentanyl and heroin for Purdue DTO.
Rhadu Schoolfield was arrested June 22 after returning from New York. He had 800 grams of heroin in his possession at the time of the arrest, according to court records.
“Tackling the opioid epidemic is one of our top priorities,” said U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia Dana J. Boente. “Through the combined efforts of our prosecutors and law enforcement partners, we will continue to strangle the supply of heroin and fentanyl and bring to justice those who profit from other people’s misery.”
Over a 10-year period, Perdue DTO distributed approximately 250,000 doses or 100 kilograms of heroin. Perdue DTO members continued business as usual after discovering the drugs sold was connected to a death. The organization allegedly supplied a Portsmouth violent gang with narcotics and two of its members had ties to street gangs and others possessed ammunition and firearms, according to the indictment. Ten of the 12 defendants are convicted felons.
Perdue DTO members named as defendants in the 25-count indictment includes:
Leroy L. Perdue, aka “Big Heat,” “Big Cuz” and “Dink,” 45, of Portsmouth was charged with interstate travel in aid of racketeering, conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute heroin.
Rhadu J. Schoolfield, aka “Big Face Dolla,” of Portsmouth was charged with interstate travel in aid of racketeering, conspiracy and felon in possession of firearms.
Tywon McKelvy, 42, of New York, and Darion D. Perdue, aka “Son Son,” both were charged with conspiracy
Abraham A. Atkins, 35, of Portsmouth, was charged with using a communications facility to cause, commit and facilitate felony violations of the Controlled Substances Act, conspiracy, distribution, maintaining a drug-involved premises and possession with the intent to distribute.
Valeria A. Waller, 42, of Portsmouth, was charged with felon in possession of a firearm, possession with the intent to distribute and conspiracy.
Eddie L. Tyson, 46, of Portsmouth, was charged with distribution of Fentanyl, conspiracy and maintaining a drug-involved premises.
Jamars A. Cooper, aka “Mall,” 26, of Portsmouth, and Dominic Diablo Mosley, 35, of Portsmouth, both were charged with conspiracy.
Edward Muckle, aka “Eddie,” 32, of Portsmouth, was charged with maintaining a drug-involved premises and conspiracy.