Owner Of 9Rounds Gym, Eight Others Indicted For Drug Trafficking


U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente announced Wednesday the former owner of 9Rounds Gym in Peninsula Center, along with eight others were indicted for money laundering and drug trafficking.

PrisonThirty-seven-year-old Alex Burnett of Hampton conspired with eight others to run a criminal organization that operated on the Virginia Peninsula. The indictment also charged 30-year-old Charles McMillan of Newport News, 54-year-old Charles Bailey, Jr. of Newport News, 41-year-old Mario Barrett of Hampton and 24-year-old Jordan Davis of Williamson with conspiring to distribute and distributing cocaine, heroin, marijuana and cocaine base, according to court documents.

Alex Burnett, his mother, Shirley Burnett, his father, 64-year-old Robert Burnett Of Carrollton, 36-year-old Eleonora Paronuzzi of Newport News and 36-year-old Ada Rodriguez of Jacksonville, Florida were charged with laundering the money made from the distribution.

Alex Burnett faces a maximum penalty of life in prison for continuing criminal enterprise conspiracy to distribute drugs. Alex Burnett’s mother, Shirley Burnett, Robert Burnett and Paronuzzi, Rodriguez are facing a maximum 20-year prison sentence.

Updated: Correction made, Shirley Burnett is Alex Burnett’s mother, not his wife.

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