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Man Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Importing Fentanyl into Virginia

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Howard G. Harris, also known as Christopher Wilson, has been sentenced to five years in prison for importing nearly two kilograms of fentanyl into Virginia in 2021. Norfolk Police investigators received information that an individual was distributing fentanyl and heroin in the local area. The investigators, while working undercover, contacted Harris by cell phone and arranged to purchase two kilograms of fentanyl or heroin. It was agreed that Harris would come to Norfolk to deliver the drugs. Based on this information, the investigators secured a search warrant for Harris' cell phone GPS data, which placed him in the Baltimore area of Maryland. On Dec. 3, 2021, the undercover investigators spoke again with Harris and arranged to meet at the Walmart on Tidewater Drive. Once Harris arrived, the investigators positively identified him. Harris exited his vehicle with a backpack and entered an undercover investigator’s vehicle. The investigator then drove to a nearby gas station and exited the vehicle. Harris was then detained by members of the NPD Special Operations Team. Harris admitted that an individual from New York brought him the drugs to transport to Virginia. Harris stated he believed it was cocaine. Around two kilograms of fentanyl was found in Harris' backpack. Investigators field tested the substance and received a positive result for fentanyl. The suspected drugs were also sent to the DEA for analysis, and the agency confirmed the drugs in Harris’ possession was a combined net weight of 1,954 grams of fentanyl.

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