PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WVEC) -- Christopher "Killa" Smith aspired to be the next kingpin in Portsmouth. The godfather of the Imperial Gangsta Bloods pumped heroin into the Hampton Roads community starting in late 2013.
Smith, the highest ranking member of the Portsmouth based Bloods gang believed he was untouchable.
"Everything I do is monumental like an old Egyptian Pharaoh," he texted his sister last year.
Friday, a federal judge sentenced Smith to life in prison, plus five years for conspiracy to distribute narcotics. During the sentencing hearing, the judge called Smith's character into question.
"If I had to characterize his character, I would simply say he is evil," said U.S. District Judge John Gibney Jr.
Smith believed Jeremy and Jason Saunders, stood in his way. The two brothers were rival heroin dealers in Portsmouth.
Both gangs bought their drugs from the massive Outten heroin organization led by brothers Alonzo and Jerald Outten. A judge sentenced Alonzo Outten to 30 years in prison Wednesday. His brother is still waiting to be sentenced. Prosecutors say the Outtens' heroin distribution started a war between the two rival gangs.
According to court documents, Smith ordered his gang members underneath him to take out the Saunders brothers. Some of those former members testified against him at Smith's sentencing hearing.
Several members of Smith's crew will also spend at least the next decade in prison.
Court documents reveal after his arrest, Smith maintained his power in the gang behind bars. Attorneys argued Smith cost the government $20,000 to relocate witnesses he threatened through phone calls and letters in an attempt to stop them from testifying.
Sgt. B K Hall is with the Portsmouth Police Department in the gang suppression unit. He worked closely with other investigators to take down the Outten operation and other heroin dealers like Smith.
"They were distributing most amount of the heroin here in this area," said Hall.
Hall says even a life sentence is not enough to stop these drug rings.
"Remove one piece and another one steps up. That's the nature of our job," he said.
Hall believes he and other investigators have to continue to stay on top of the heroin epidemic in our area.
"Being proactive, staying up on my knowledge, that's the best way we're going to stay ahead of the curve," said Hall.