NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Erskine Dawson is sentenced to 36 years in prison for his role in leading a drug distribution operation that resulted in several deaths and more than a dozen overdoses.
Court documents state that the 33-year-old man managed more than half a dozen individuals who sold heroin from a Studios 4 Less motel on Military Highway in Virginia Beach.
Prosecutors say Dawson’s New Jersey sources of supply, Rashad Clark and Kenneth Stuart, aka “Bones,” used stuffed animals to conceal the heroin and fentanyl as they were transported down the East Coast on commercial buses.
According to court documents, Dawson’s organization was known for its potent heroin and fentanyl, which was distributed in wax baggies stamped “King of Death,” “Last Call,” and “Steph Curry,” as well as others.
“Dawson’s knowledge of the damage and possible death he was dealing to his customers shows his blatant disregard for the sanctity of human life,” said Karl C. Colder, Special Agent in Charge for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Washington Field Division. “He and other dealers like him will be held accountable for their actions."
On July 18, Dawson pleaded guilty to several drug trafficking-related charges.