ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A Camp Springs, Maryland man was sentenced today to 140 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, which led to the seizure of over $1 million in cash, approximately 45 kilograms of cocaine, over $240,000 worth of jewelry, four firearms, and body armor-piercing ammunition.
According to court documents, between May 2019 and February 2020, Romaine Anthony Dixon, 32, conspired to distribute cocaine. Beginning in and around July 2019, Dixon traveled to California approximately every three to four weeks to purchase cocaine. On average, Dixon would transport $500,000 to California to pay his source of supply. Dixon and his co-conspirators would then ship cocaine from California in large crates to the Eastern District of Virginia.
Dixon was arrested in his vehicle in February 2020 in possession of approximately 25 kilograms of cocaine and $11,268 in cash. One of Dixon’s co-conspirators also was arrested that day in possession of 20 kilograms of cocaine and one-and-a-half kilograms of heroin.
After the execution of search warrants at Dixon’s residence, law enforcement seized approximately $1,044,451 in cash, jewelry valued at approximately $244,125, one kilogram of cocaine, one kilogram of fentanyl, three firearms, and body armor-piercing ammunition, among other items. At another location associated with Dixon, law enforcement found kilogram wrappings and an AK-47.
This prosecution is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.
Raj Parekh, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Jarod Forget, Special Agent in Charge for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Washington Division; and Michael L. Chapman, Loudoun County Sheriff, made the announcement after sentencing by Senior U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis, III.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael P. Ben’Ary and Bibeane Metsch 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. 1:20-cr-156.