'King of Death' supplier pleads guilty to drug charges
NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- A New Jersey man pleaded guilty to charges relating to a drug operation he ran with a local man known as the "King of Death."
Rashad L. Clark, a 38-year-old man from Elizabethport, New Jersey, supplied Erskine Dawson Jr. with heroin and fentanyl for four months in 2016 while a co-supplier, Kenneth Stuart, was locked up on state charges.
Clark hid the drugs in stuffed animals and trafficked them from New Jersey to Virginia where he would stay for days at a time to supervise Dawson's operation.
The drug ring was based out of Studios 4 Less motel in Virginia Beach.
Authorities said Clark gave Dawson thousands of bags containing heroin and fentanyl with labels like "Last Call," "Black Dynamite" and "King of Death."
Police said at least two people died as a result of the drugs given to Dawson by Clark.
In early December 2016, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) along with local law enforcement executed search warrants on motels in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and Norfolk.
Authorities found guns and over 1,800 bags of heroin and fentanyl.
They also said over $70,000 was deposited by people involved in the operation to a Wells Fargo account controlled by Clark.
Six of the eight people involved in the drug ring have pleaded guilty. Four have been sentenced.
Clark faces a mandatory minimum of 20 years and a maximum sentence of life in prison